So the U.S. Military lost track of these 30 extremely-powerful grenades back in 2017.
Someone apparently stole them from a train during their journey from Florida to Pennsylvania.
And I don't mean to scare you, but this actually isn't abnormal, and firearms being stolen from the U.S. Military is an ongoing issue. Here are a couple (1) links (2) if you want to learn more about that.
Anyhow, moving on...
So these grenades went missing in 2017, the military became aware, and then they remained stumped for about 8 months.
Well, in February of 2018 they were stumped no more—well, I guess I wouldn't go that far.
Cuz get this: the grenades, all 30 of them—all capable of piercing three inches of steel, with a kill radius of nearly 50 feet—were found in Atlanta in some guy's backyard.
And.. well I'm going to quote this, actually, so you'll believe me:
The green, metal box was stuffed inside a bright pink pillowcase and stashed in the bushes behind Christopher Zachery's house. He hauled it out for a better look.
Stenciled on the box: "Cartridges for weapons." Inside were 30 armor-piercing grenades.
So yeah, naturally Chris Zachary (I hope it's alright if I call you Chris) was pretty scared when he discovered this.
Wouldn't you be?!?
By the way, check these bad boys out. They're actually linked together and can be launched up to a mile by an MK 19 launcher:
Pretty gnarly, huh?!?
So like anyone would if they found 30 of those things, Chris called the police, who got in contact with the bomb unit.
And check this:
Awaiting the bomb unit, Atlanta police evacuated five houses in both directions, as well as neighbors across the street.
That's amazing. And also scary.
So the bomb unit got the things on outta there and eventually they ended up in the hands of some explosives specialists over at Dobbins Air Reserve Base who simply blew them up, which seems pretty neat.
So everything was fine and dandy then, right?
No, actually not.
I've been withholding some important information from you.
The metal box containing the grenades was made to fit 32 of these high-powered explosives.
Yup, that means somewhere there are two of these bad boys just chilling there like "blow me up, bro. Do it!"