Man brings grenade to Florida Taco Bell, prompting evacuation

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on January 28th, 2019

Ocala, Florida: When a Second World War-era hand grenade came to a Taco Bell in central Florida, everyone else had to leave.

In Facebook posts, Ocala Police said a treasure hunter found the grenade while magnet fishing Saturday in Ocklawaha. Magnet fishing is a form of treasure hunting that uses magnets to retrieve items from bodies of water.

Police say the man put the grenade in the trunk of his car and drove to the restaurant in Ocala, about 25 kilometres away, where he called authorities to report finding the small explosive device.

The restaurant was evacuated and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was dispatched to remove the grenade. Ocala Police said it was authenticated as a World War II-era weapon and would be destroyed.

Ocala Police Department

Be advised that the Taco Bell on East Silver Springs Blvd. has been evacuated, following report of an explosive device located in a vehicle on premises.

At 5:01 p.m. a caller informed dispatchers that he had found a hand grenade while magnet fishing in Ocklawaha, put it in his trunk, and drove to Taco Bell in Ocala.

MCSO Bomb Squad has responded to ensure everyone’s safety. Please avoid the area at this time.

UPDATE: This has been verified as an authentic WWII hand grenade. The bomb squad removed the grenade without incident and advised it would be disposed of properly. Taco Bell has reopened.

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