Fisherman Hooks 8-Foot Missile

Commercial fisherman Solomon Rodney snared an 8-foot missile while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico last month.  He tied the missile to the top of his boat and left it there for the remainder of his 14 day trip.  There was one problem.

He brought the missile ashore Monday evening along with his 5,000 pounds of grouper. Rodney figured he'd keep the inert missile as a souvenir.

Only one problem: It was live.

After Rodney came ashore, emergency officials summoned a bomb squad from MacDill Air Force Base to a marina off the Tom Stuart Causeway where Rodney had docked.

"This is a live air-to-air missile," Pinellas sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha said Monday evening. "It is 8 feet long, and the MacDill team is dismantling it."


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I think it was a live missile. Training missiles are coloured blue and looking at the picture I don't see any trace of that blue. Not to mention that live missiles also have a black head (at least in this case of the AIM-9 Sidewinder).
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