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Police probing source of metal in bad burger

October 02, 2000

Police probing source of metal in bad burger



Hagerstown City Police Monday were trying to determine how pieces of metal got into a hamburger purchased by a Westminster, Md., man at a Hagerstown fast-food restaurant Saturday.

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Michael Patrick Holland, 28, whose mouth was cut when he tried to eat the sandwich, was listed in good condition at Washington County Hospital Monday.

Holland said he took two quick bites of a hamburger at the McDonalds at 330 E. Washington St., and noticed a sharp pain in his throat as he swallowed.

Lt. Gary Spielman said Monday that pieces of metal were recovered at the hospital.

"Now we must determine where the metal was introduced into the hamburger," Spielman said.

Police said they have received no reports of similar injuries to customers and were continuing to investigate.

Mark Levine, owner of the McDonald's restaurants at 330 E. Washington St. and Dual Highway, said Monday his main concern was for Holland's health.

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Levine said all security procedures are in place at the restaurants, as they were when the incident occurred Saturday.

"We are waiting for the outcome of the police investigation," Levine said.

Holland said in a phone interview from his hospital room Sunday that he had come to Hagerstown with his grandmother Saturday to shop and they decided to stop at McDonald's around 1:30 p.m.

He was discharged from the hospital Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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