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During World War II, the U.S. Army used over 12,000 acres in
what is now the eastern edge of the City of Orlando as a gunnery, bomb
training, and military demonstration range. Due to its close proximity to
the Orlando Army Air Base (now Orlando Executive Airport) and the
Pinecastle Army Airfield (now Orlando International Airport), this
property was perfectly located for airborne target practice. The area,
known as the Pinecastle Jeep Range was intentionally bombarded with
explosive and chemical bombs, rockets, bullets, scrap metal, and even
an old Jeep! After the war, the Army terminated its lease and the
property was sold to various private and public interests. Yet, the Army
failed to clean the military debris, or even to verify whether unexploded
bombs were properly removed, prior to abandoning the property.