World War II-era ammunition detonated in Orlando



ORLANDO, Fla. - World War II-era ammunition was detonated in Orlando Friday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found the ammunition in several areas, including Odyssey Middle School, Tivoli Gardens and Lee Vista Square.

They detonated the explosives that had been buried under one of the schools.

It's all part of the Pinecastle Jeep range clean up.

Pieces of the past were blown to bits in Orange County.

It's the second time in five years that explosives buried at the World War II bombing range were destroyed.

The Army Corps of Engineers detonated the decades-old munitions buried under Odyssey Middle School, just weeks before children return to class.

"Nobody knew when they were sending their kids to school there was that kind of problem," parent Cheryl Bull said.

The discovery years ago shocked school leaders and residents in nearby neighborhoods.

It even sparked a million-dollar lawsuit.

Explosives were buried there long before anyone envisioned development.

However, that decision is still haunting those who bought homes at Tivoli Gardens.

"The broker said that will never be developed, gave the impression it was pristine," resident Larry Coryell said.

Coryell and his wife Tracey said they were tricked into moving in, and seven years later, their home price plummeted.

The Coryells said they are moving out despite a $50,000 loss.

"The bombing range deters people from wanting to move in," said Tracey Coryell.

While the Army Corps said it is working to eliminate lingering hazards, many residents said they were not taking chances.

"We have babies and children here, so it's not a place we want to stay right now," Bull said.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it will work to clean up areas near 56 homes in Lee Vista Square and Tivioli Gardens this fall.