At about 8:30 this morning (Tuesday, Feb. 15), a man drove up to the Key West Police Station on North Roosevelt Boulevard with a rusty, old World War II bomb in the back of his pickup truck.
Police immediately evacuated the offices in the front of the building and blocked off the road accessing the police and fire department buildings. The Key West Fire Department was in charge of the incident and the Bomb Squad from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene.
Monroe County Superintendent of Schools Randy Acevedo ordered that all students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School, which is next to the rear of the police station, remain inside the building.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Bobby Randolph, who commands the Bomb Squad, x-rayed the bomb and determined that it did not have a fuse, rendering it not hazardous. At 9:04 a.m., the Bomb Squad removed it from the premises for disposal and the area was declared to be all clear.
The man reportedly said he dug up the 24-inch bomb at a construction site in the 400 block of Grinnell Street and had been driving around town with it for two days.
Anyone finding any object they believe could be an explosive of any kind should not disturb it and immediately call police or fire department who will come to the site.