Bomb scare subsides: “the worst thing it’s gonna do is burn”
SOUTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. (CBS 12) —
Thursday afternoon, a construction worker accidentally dug up a military device on Diamond Sands property on South Hutchinson Island.
The call came in around 12:30 p.m. and the bomb deployment team got on scene around 2:00 p.m.
Around 5 p.m., Lt Brian Hester with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said the device is not a danger to the public.
“There is no danger to any of the surrounding homes or condos or anywhere. This is a non-explosive ordinance the worst thing it's gonna do is burn at this point,” said Lt. Hester.
They evacuated about a quarter of a mile for precautionary purposes.
Lt. Hester said coming across something like this is not uncommon because this area was used by the military for training.
He said this device was a 40s era munition, about four feet long and six-eight inches in diameter.
“They used some of these areas to drop munitions from planes, when they dropped these munitions from planes a lot of times they were, what were called phosphorous marking rounds and so they don't explode, they just mark. And so that's what we see a lot of times gets washed up on shore or gets buried in the sand and has been here for 50 60 years,” said Lt. Hester.
He said they don’t think any pictures will be released, at least not yet.
“When we respond to these, we turn our radios. We turn our cell phones off we don't want any electronic devices near it. We don’t go playing around with pictures,” said Lt. Hester.
He said if you see anything like this, don’t touch it or move it, just call 911.
Around 6 p.m., deputies were still waiting for help to move the device. Once they move the device they may have to close down A1A temporarily.
The device is now off the property,and residents will be allowed to go back into their homes. It will be disposed of safely.