A Three-Year-Old Boy Found a Live Grenade During an Easter Egg Hunt

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In what was probably the most dangerous easter egg hunt ever (or a scene from the next Hunger Games movie), a three-year-old boy was looking for pastel colored eggs... but found a live hand grenade instead.

Seriously. The grenade was from World War II and was just lying on a field that 25 pre-schoolers were using to find easter eggs. Being just kids, they didn't know the difference between a hand grenade and a rock but a keen eyed parent saw the explosive and safely removed the kids from the area. Stuart Moffatt, a possible Gizmodo father of the year candidate, said:

We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt and I saw a boy of three standing on an object. It was brown and about 4 inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade... I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.


The parents notified the authorities who sent the UK's Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team to (safely) blow up the bomb before anyone got hurt. No one knew how the hand grenade got there but the area was once home to an American Army base during WWII so that could have something to do with it. Weird to think it's just been sitting there for so long. At least no one was hurt. [Daily Mail]

Image Credit: grenade via Shutterstock; easter eggs via Shutterstock

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I'm assuming the three year old boy is the one in the middle?