Navigation
Download the AMN app for your mobile device today - FREE!
  •  

Florida man finds World War II grenade, tosses it in the trunk, brings it to a Taco Bell

Ocala Police Department responds to WW2 grenade at Taco Bell. (Ocala Police Department/Facebook)
4K Shares

A Taco Bell in Florida was forced to evacuate after a man visited the restaurant with a World War II hand grenade he found while fishing.

Police in Ocala, Fla., received a call Saturday from someone who said they had found a grenade while magnet fishing and drove it to a Taco Bell.

A couple, both 35 years old, had the grenade inside a five-gallon bucket with other scrap inside the trunk of their car, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. The woman, who police didn’t identify, had called 911 to report that she and her boyfriend had found the device while looking for precious metal in a nearby river.

A bomb squad was called to make sure everyone was safe, said the Ocala Police Department. Police later confirmed it was a non-functional WWII-era hand grenade.

ADVERTISEMENT

According to the Star-Banner, the bomb squad learned the firing pin mechanism on the grenade did not appear to function. They secured the device for destruction off-site, said the report. No injuries were reported and the restaurant re-opened a short time later.

Magnet fishing is a hobby where people use magnets to pull metal objects out from bodies of water.

———

© 2019 USA Today

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

4K Shares