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Live grenade found in dresser donated to thrift store

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A live grenade was found in a dresser donated to a North Carolina thrift store.

An employee noticed the explosive in one of the drawers after the furniture was donated to the Habitat for the Humanity ReStore in Durham on Saturday afternoon, according to a Facebook post from the store.

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The volunteer then "very calmly" took the grenade outside the building before alerting management.

The store was then evacuated and the bomb squad from the Durham Police Department responded to the scene, ABC Durham affiliate WTVD reported. Technicians are examining the device to determine exactly what it may be, according to the station.

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In May, a grenade was found in a donation bin for a Goodwill in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the Treasure Coast Palm reported.

The ReStore reminded donors to "check" their "drawers" before dropping items off.

"Never a dull moment at the ReStore," the Facebook post read.

The store opened a few hours after the incident began, according to WTVD. The store was evacuated for 90 minutes, and the bomb squad determined that the grenade was inert.


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