An Easter egg hunt in Holford, Somerset, UK, went horribly awry when one young participant turned up with a live hand grenade.
Stuart Moffatt, one of the fathers supervising the event, that included children ages two to five, spotted the 3-year-old boy running back with a strange, egg-shaped object.
Moffatt told the British press, “It was small, brown and about four inches high. It looked like an Easer egg, but it was a hand grenade. I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.”
Moffatt warned the event organizers and called the local police who brought in a military bomb squad to investigate the situation. Trained members of the bomb squad determined that the hand grenade was indeed live and detonated it at the scene after the area had been cleared.
The investigation shut down local highways for several hours while law enforcement scanned the area for additional explosives. As it turns out, the Easter egg hunt location was home to an American military base during World War II. British officials have not yet confirmed if the grenade dated back to the war or if it was a contemporary device.