It was a blast from the past at Passe-A-Grille beach in south St. Petersburg. A beachgoer found the suspicious explosive device wash up near the 22nd Avenue access around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The tube-like device was covered in barnacles. Sgt. Ali Rose from MacDill Air Force base confirmed it was a M122 photoflash bomb, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies. Nearby beach homes were evacuated and a 300-yard perimeter was set around the device. Beachgoers were moved back. Hundreds gathered to watch and cheered when the photoflash bomb was detonated Sunday afternoon.
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Sources: Tampa Bay area news media, Tampa Tribune