Boy Finds Grenade Easter Egg
April 9, 2012 by staff
Boy Finds Grenade Easter Egg, A British Army bomb squad detonates a grenade found near children at an easter egg hunt on Sunday. Nobody was injured. An army bomb squad rushed to an Easter egg hunt in England on Sunday after a 3-year-old boy found a live hand grenade.
Eagle-eyed Stuart Moffatt, 34, — who was there with his wife and three kids — saw the child standing over the World War II-era explosive at the Holford, Somerset event. He began moving several pre-school-aged children away from the looming danger, the Daily Mail reported.
“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,” Moffatt told the paper. “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.”
Moffatt immediately alerted organizers, prompting the bomb squad to descend on the field, cordon off the area and close a local highway, the New York Daily News reported. Soldiers safely detonated the grenade after everyone was clear.
About 25 children aged between 2 and 5 were hunting for eggs at the event, organized by a pre-school group, according to This Is Somerset.
Trucker Paul Gibbard, 40, whose daughters were hunting for candy-filled treats, said the explosive was likely from a shuttered military base in Holford.
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