The U.S. Air Force is investigating an incident in which one of its planes accidentally dropped three dummy bombs on Florida.
Here’s what we know
On Monday, an A-10C Thunderbolt II with the 23d Fighter Group took off from Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County, Georgia. After crossing into Florida airspace, the plane experienced a “bird strike.”
Somehow, this caused three BDU-33 dummy bombs carried by the plane to drop somewhere near Highway 129 in Suwannee Springs, Florida. The Air Force is not sure where exactly the dummy bombs had fallen.
While the bombs did not contain explosives, they weigh 25 pounds and contained small pyrotechnic charges. According to Moody Air Force Base, BDU-33s are designed “to simulate the M1a-82 500-pound bomb” during training.
In a statement, Moody Air Force Base warned, “If the training munition is found, do not approach it, take note of the location, leave the area and keep others away. Then contact the 23d Wing Command Post at (229) 257-3501 or your local authorities.”
Capt. Jessica Colby, the chief of public affairs at Moody Air Force Base, told TheBlaze that a routine investigation into the incident was still ongoing, but that as of Wednesday morning “no damages or injuries” related to the incident had been reported “and no BDU-33s were found.”
This isn’t the first time that a BDU-33 dummy bomb has accidentally been dropped. In 2008 a BDU-33 was unintentionally dropped from an F-16 and fell in an apartment complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma.