In the vicinity of Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV), a construction crew stumbled upon a piece of history while working on the construction of Wilton Simpson Technical College. The discovery of an inert World War II-era bomb has brought attention to the area, which was once used as the Brooksville Army Airfield from 1942-1947.
The condition of the bomb makes it difficult to determine whether it is live or inert. Sheriff Al Nienhuis explained that due to the bomb’s rust and decay, it is impossible to determine with certainty. Bomb experts from Citrus County and MacDill examined the bomb and determined it to be inert on Tuesday.
The Brooksville Army Airfield, along with MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and Drew Army Airfield, played a significant role during World War II by training pilots and ground crews. This included training for bomb squadrons. The historic significance of the area makes the discovery of the inert bomb a noteworthy event.