Someone found a hand grenade outside a suburban McDonald's

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It's the kind of thing that only happens in the former Soviet bloc or in the American suburbs: A landscape crew digging at a McDonald's in Thurmont, Maryland, unearthed a decades-old live hand grenade, nearly killing themselves in the process. The Frederick News-Post reports that it took nearly two hours, area evacuations, road closures, plus a 50-foot perimeter around the site, but bomb-tech personnel successfully "secured and removed" it.

It looks like a real white-knuckler:

Bomb technician Dale Ednock said the grenade, found lodged about a foot under the pavement, was there for quite some time. The military grenade was likely a relic of the military base located in Thurmont several decades ago, Ednock said.

No injuries were reported, but Ednock confirmed through an X-Ray scan on scene that the grenade was still active. If it had gone off, anyone in the vicinity could have suffered severe injuries, or death, he said.

"If the guy operating the shovel machine had hit it, he would have been killed, no question," Ednock said.

Apparently the lunch-goers across the street at Roy Rogers were put on lockdown — a crowd that included Thurmont's public-works superintendent Butch West. He reports that they watched "close to 50 people" get evacuated from Mickey D's. Entirely too fittingly, the group at Thurmont's Roy Rogers also included a couple celebrating their 23rd anniversary. They called the two hours of unexpected downtime "something, to say the least."

[News-Post]

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: 'Credit card' knives are displayed after being confiscated at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A bottle opener is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Knives are displayed after being confiscated at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Knives and assorted prohibited items are displayed after being confiscated at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A piece of artwork is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A knife is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A pair of scissors is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Toy guns are displayed after being confiscated at airport security checkpoints at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A small anchor is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Knives and prohibited items are displayed after being confiscated at airport security checkpoints at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Box cutters are displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Fake grenades and ammunition is displayed after being confiscated at airport security checkpoints at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A belt buckle with a toy gun is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage and is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A toy gun is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: A toy daggar is displayed after being confiscated at an airport security checkpoint at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Prohibited liquids are displayed after being confiscated at the JFK International Airport on November 18, 2014 in New York City. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), displayed a cash of weapons and prohibited items taken up from travelers at airport security checkpoints and from checked luggage. The federal agency is reminding people to pack carefully during the heavy holiday travel season. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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