Bomb squad detonates WW II ordnance found near Anna Maria

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A World War II photo flash bomb found in the water just north of Anna Maria Saturday afternoon has been detonated.

Members of the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office bomb squads detonated the device near Passage Key Sunday evening, .

Tampa Bay Regional EOD (Bomb Squad) consisting of the Tampa Police Sept and HIllsborough County Sheriff’s Office have successfully detonated the device near Passage Key.

The device appears to a photo flash bomb, Tampa police Sgt. Jarrett Seal said in a news release.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers found the unit in two feet of water off Passage Key. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the scene and contacted MCSO’s Marine Unit. The multi-agency Underwater Bomb team will remove the unit from the beach and safely detonate it.

Passage Key is not inhabited. It is a sand bar north of Bean Point.

 

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