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Air Force Accidentally Bombs Florida in Botched Training Exercise — but the Explosives Were Inactive

The Air Pressure is investigating after a trio of coaching bombs have been dropped on Florida on Monday — however no want to fret. The bombs have been inactive.

The incident occurred throughout a “routing training mission” round 1:15 p.m. when an A-10C Thunderbolt  II fighter jet out of Georgia’s Moody Air Pressure Base hit a hen and the collision despatched three BDU-33 dummy bombs out close to a freeway, the 23rd Wing Public Affairs Workplace introduced.

“If the training munition is found, do not approach it, take note of the location, leave the area and keep others away,” authorities mentioned in an announcement.

Officers with the 23rd Wing didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from PEOPLE.

No accidents or damages have been reported within the incident and authorities mentioned they have been looking for the bombs, described as “25-pound training munition used to simulate the M1a-82 500-pound bomb.”

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The BDU-33 dummy bombs are blue and about 22 and a half inches lengthy. The bombs are inactive however include a pyrotechnic cost that “should not be handled.”

“There is a safety investigation that is ongoing to see what caused it,” an air base spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “We’re also trying to look into any lessons that we can learn from it and mitigate the situation to prevent it from happening in the future.”

The spokesperson says the investigation’s outcomes shall be launched after it’s completed.

Authorities suspect the bombs fell 54 miles southwest of the air base and two kilometers west of Freeway 129 close to Suwannee Springs.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Workplace and the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Workplace instructed native information station WCTV that they hadn’t acquired any stories of the bombs being discovered.

Suwannee Riverkeeper John Quarterman mentioned he was involved in regards to the potential dangers the misplaced bombs might pose.

“Everything around here depends on the water. We drink our of the groundwater, but we use the rivers all the time for recreation, swimming, fishing, boating. In particular the Florida counties in the Suwannee River Basin, it’s the main stay of the economies,” Quarterman mentioned.

“What else is in it, what are the pyrotechnics, what kind of environment damage could it cause?” he mentioned. “We don’t really know. We’d like to know.”

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