Army Corps detonates explosives unearthed at Orlando middle school

Jan. 22, 2008
Odyssey Middle School was built on a former bombing range

Explosions rocked the neighborhoods around Odyssey Middle School in Orlando as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated bombs and rockets unearthed on school grounds during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The destruction of the most recent cache of munitions at the school signaled the end of the search for World War II ordnance at the school property, built on a former Army bombing range. In all, 53 fragmentation bombs, 10 rocket warheads, two rifle grenades, and some miscellaneous rockets and charges were detonated Monday while the school was closed for the King holiday. But Army Corps officials say they are not done at the school. Corps experts will return in the spring to test the soil for toxic chemicals.

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