A 3-year-old boy found a live grenade at an Easter egg hunt in Holdford, England, this past Saturday. According to reports, the child was part of a group of families conducting the hunt in a field near a busy road.
The young boy was seen by an adult standing on the grenade near the road.
“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 four inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade,” Stuart Moffatt told the Daily Mail. “I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.”
Moffatt who had three children participating in the hunt quickly cleared the kids away from the area and alerted the event’s organizers.
The Daily Mail went on to report that the grenade appeared to be a relic left behind from World War II. Another news outlet reported that the grenade was later detonated in a controlled explosion in the field by the bomb squad.
Paul Gibbard, whose daughter participated in the hunt, said that the town was once a home to an American Army base during the war.
“Apparently there used to be an American Army base in Holford during the Second World War,” he said. “I think it has something to do with that.”