It was "potentially explosive" but not "armed".

Regardless, the disovery of a missile at Lakeland Linder International Airport in Polk County, Fla. forced officials to evacuate the airport and the surrounding area.

What You Need To Know

  • Missile was discovered in an arriving shipment

  • No one was hurt.

  • The airport has been given the "all clear".

The missile was found by by Draken International, an aerospace and defense company that released the following statement to Spectrum News:

Adhering to the explosive safety rule of exposing the minimum amount of people for the minimum amount of time to a potential explosive hazard, the decision was made to evacuate the facility and its surrounding airport neighbors and contact the appropriate authorities.  Draken takes its roll in the community seriously and always wants to ensure it performs safe and reliable operations.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from MacDill Air Force Base responded to investigate and determined the missile was not "armed."

The team safely disposed of it.