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Grenade Found in Auctioned Self-Storage Unit Causes Scare in Valparaiso, FL

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A self-storage auction buyer found an inactive grenade on Monday while sorting through the unit contents he purchased at Safe Harbor Self Storage in Valparaiso, Fla. The device was stored in a canister, according to Thomas Nalovic, who purchased the unit for $500 on Saturday.

Emergency personnel from the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal team at Eglin Air Force Base were called to the property at 550 Valparaiso Parkway at 2:30 p.m. to investigate. The grenade was X-rayed and found to be non-explosive, according to the source.

The device also contained a “blue spoon” or safety lever, indicating it was likely a training grenade. Such products can be purchased from military-surplus storage, the source reported.

Nalovic said he was looking for “treasure” when he came upon what appeared to be a powered-sugar canister. “I opened it excitedly, and it was even more packed inside with paper towels. I cleared those out and I saw a grenade,” he said.

Nalovic handed the canister to his wife, Dr. Jennifer Fortune, who put it down slowly. He then called police, who in turn phoned the disposal team.

 

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