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Fla. Beach Evacuated After WWII-Era Flash Bomb Found



    WATCH: 'Photoflash' Beach Bomb Detonated

    Bomb squad detonates large "photoflash" bomb designed to aid aerial surveillance after it washes up on Florida beach. WFLA's Chip Osowski reports. (Published Monday, July 20, 2015)

    An Air Force bomb squad has safely detonated a barnacle-encrusted bomb that washed ashore on St. Pete Beach in Florida. 

    A spokesman for Mac Dill Air Force base says the object was a photoflash bomb, used to aid WWII-era night photographic missions.

    A beachgoer found the old bomb while combing the shoreline Sunday morning and alerted authorities.

    That call triggered a daylong effort to evacuate beachgoers and homeowners, build a sand berm around the bomb, protect hatching sea turtles and safely detonate the M122 flare where it was found.

    Officials established a 900-foot safety perimeter, before expanding the barrier to about 1,400 feet on each side prior to the bomb going off around 5 p.m.

    St. Pete Beach Mayor Maria Lowe says about 25 homes were evacuated and 250 beachgoers displaced.