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Found World War II munitions detonated off of Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, fla. - The beach at Round Island Park is virtually deserted. And the ocean stretching a mile and a half offshore from Indian River County is cleared of any extra boat traffic.

From the sand, you can't make out this detonation of recently uncovered World War II munitions. But video from one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor boats shows what was done.

The munitions unearthed last week were used for training exercises at the former Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base.

"We found several 500 pound bombs.  Several 7.2 inch rockets and a few Tiny Tim warheads,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Amanda Parker.

It's a very tricky operation for the dive teams.

"All of our divers are un-explosive ordnance trained technicians.  They are former Navy explosive disposal,” said project manager Susan Burtnett.

While there were some curiosity seekers, only one of the three detonations could be seen with the naked eye.

"It's hard to imagine what those guys needed to train for and how dangerous the training was,” said visitor John Glenshaw.

"All this history, just in this area,” said visitor Keefer Glenshaw.

If you find something similar offshore, the Army Corps says remember the 3 "Rs.”  Recognize, retreat and report.

More detonations are scheduled for Wednesday.

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