Fisherman's catch of the day prompts evacuation of a Taco Bell in Ocala, Florida

PHOTO: The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019. PlayOcala Police Department
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A fisherman prompted the evacuation of a Florida Taco Bell when he put his catch of the day in the trunk of his car and drove to the fast-food restaurant, police said.

The angler, who was not identified, reeled in a rusted WWII hand grenade on Saturday while fishing with a magnet in Ocklawaha, according to police.

Instead of immediately calling for the bomb squad when he pulled in the explosive with other rusted pieces of metal, he put the vintage device in the trunk of his vehicle and drove 17 miles north to a Taco Bell in Ocala, according to the Ocala Police Department.

PHOTO: The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019. Ocala Police Department
The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019.

The fisherman called 911 from the Taco Bell at about 5 p.m. Saturday, triggering an emergency response and the evacuation of the restaurant, police said.

"This has been verified as an authentic WWII hand grenade," the Ocala police posted on Twitter.

PHOTO: The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019. Ocala Police Department
The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019.

A bomb squad responded, removed the grenade from the fisherman's truck and carted it off to dispose of it.

PHOTO: The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019. Ocala Police Department
The Ocala Police Department removed an authentic WWII hand grenade from a Taco Bell in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 26, 2019.

No one was injured during the incident, and the Taco Bell reopened about two hours after the grenade was reported, police said.