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Dogs sniff for old bombs at Fort Desoto Park

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The trained dog sniffs for bombs at the park The trained dog sniffs for bombs at the park
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is combing Fort Desoto park looking for bomb fragments.

From 1943 to 1945, the park was known as the ‘Mullet Key Bombing and Gunnery Range.’ Young airmen practiced dropping both live and fake bombs to hone their skills before heading to war.

The government has commissioned the Corps of Engineers to carefully survey the land and water around the park to look for any fragments. So along with advanced metal detecting technology, the Corps has enlisted the help of bomb-sniffing dogs.

Four dogs were brought to the island to assist crews; two of the dogs spent time sniffing for bombs in Afghanistan. While searching for bomb fragments and hazardous materials, the crews use a special machine to detect metal underground. Whenever anomalies are discovered, the crews will carefully dig it up to see if it's hazardous.

After that work is done, the dogs are brought in to sniff around and make sure there are no hazardous bomb materials left behind. The dogs are trained to sniff for explosive materials, and officials say their noses are incredibly sensitive. It’s very difficult to replicate that with technology.

So far officials say they have found metal scraps but no hazardous bomb materials. But they say their mission is a success, because it makes sure the island is safe for humans.

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