A fisherman caused the evacuation of a Florida Taco Bell when he put his day catch in the trunk of his car and drove to the fast food restaurant, police said.
The unidentified angler rolled a rusty WWII hand grenade on Saturday when he fished with a magnet in Ocklawaha.
Instead of calling immediately for the bomb squad, when he had loaded the explosive with other rusted metal parts, he put the old device in the trunk of his vehicle and drove, according to the police in Ocala 17 miles north to a Taco Bell Ocala police department.
Taco Bell on E. Silver Springs Blvd. was evacuated. One man found a hand grenade while fishing with the magnet in Ocklawaha, put it in the trunk and drove to Taco Bell before calling 911. The MCSO Bomb Squad is currently in place to ensure everyone's safety. pic.twitter.com/sgGmXDkAXB
– Ocala Police Dept (@ocalapd) January 26, 2019
UPDATE: This was confirmed as an authentic hand grenade of World War II. The bomb squad removed the grenade without incident and advised him to dispose of it properly. Taco Bell has reopened. https://t.co/o7CnxowRZZ[19459003-OcalaPoliceDept(@ocalapd) January 26, 2019
The fisherman called at 9:00 am from the Taco Bell. The police triggered an emergency relief and evacuation of the restaurant on Saturday.
"This is an authentic hand grenade of World War II," Ocala police wrote on Twitter.
A bomb squad responded, took the grenade out of the fisherman's truck and threw it away for disposal.
No one was injured in the incident, and the Taco Bell was reopened about two hours after the grenade was reported, the police said.