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Suspected Grenade Found at Georgia Self-Storage Facility Causes Brief Evacuation


Quality Storage on Atlanta Highway in Cumming, Ga., was evacuated for a short time Monday afternoon after a suspected grenade was found in an ammunition canister inside the building.

The facility manager found the ammunition box at about 3 p.m. under a pile of trash. Upon opening the lid, the manager saw a device that looked like a grenade and called the owner, who came to the facility and examined the box before calling the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department. Firefighters arrived and evacuated the property but did not close Atlanta Highway.

Sgt. Chad Latonis of the sheriff's department told the source the suspected grenade, which was painted blue, “appears to be an inert training device. But we’re not sure of the origin, so we have to treat it as live until we know otherwise."

The facility manager said authorities removed the grenade by about 4:30 or 5 p.m., and the store closed for the day. It opened as usual on Tuesday morning, and the manager learned that the grenade was inactive.

Quality Storage has a location in Roswell, Ga., in addition to the Cumming facility. Both stores are in the northern exurbs of Atlanta.


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