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ST. PETE BEACH (AP) — St. Pete Beach has been evacuated after a beach walker found an object that could be old military ordnance.

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The beachgoer found the large cylindrical object encrusted with barnacles while combing the shoreline Sunday morning.

Authorities say they have evacuated the beach and a created a 300-yard perimeter in an abundance of caution to ensure public safety.

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