Lost: one active military-grade bomb outside McDonald’s, Now there’s a lost and found ad you don’t read every day! But but the errant explosive actually turned up! The answering ad could have read “found: one live hand grenade in McDonald’s parking lot in Thurmont, Maryland. The fast food restaurant is roughly 65 miles northwest of Baltimore, reported the Fredrick News-Post on August 8.
The explosive was discovered by the landscaping crew about 1 pm in the afternoon, Saturday. Can you imagine the nasty scare that gave them? Think how you’d feel seeing a hand grenade nestled right where you were working with heaving noisy machines that could have exploded it? Was the hand grenade live, dead or just a toy? No one was going to get close enough to find out.
They called the bomb squad and the Office of State Marshall sent bomb technician Dale Ednock round tout suite to check out it out. Ednock says sure enough it was an active military-grade hand grenade McDonald’s workers found. He says it wasn’t spotted before because it was lodged about 12 inches under the pavement (probably in some kind of drain). He said though it was in fact “hot” (as yet undetonated) it had probably been there some time. Thurnock was the site of former military base several decades ago.
So that hand grenade sat there all that time, with people and cars going back and forth around it every day. Ednock the bomb was perfectly capable of going kablooey any time. If it had, anyone nearby would have probably been injured or even killed. Staff and customers were evacuated and roads closed in all directions. The hand grenade was secured and removed, thanks to the sharp eyes of the groundskeepers.