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Unusual Valley Rescue Mission donation prompts road closure

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

An anonymous donor left an unusual item at the Valley Rescue Mission's drop box on the corner of Milgen Rd. and Warm Springs Connector.

A passerby later saw the object and recognized it as an ammunition canister for storing mortar rounds.  Not knowing whether it contained live explosives, the concerned citizen called 911 to report what he saw.

As a precaution, authorities closed the road directly outside the entrance of Cooper Creek Park at about 2:30 p.m.

Bomb squad agents determined through forensic testing that the canister was empty, and it did not present a threat.

"This once again shows how alert the residents of Columbus are," said Lt. Brad Hicks, Homeland Security Director and Bomb Squad Commander. "It shows how good of a job they're doing with seeing something suspicious, and saying something. Thank you for continuing to stay vigilant, keeping your eyes open, and having faith in what we do around here." 

News Leader Nine first learned about this incident through the Northeast Columbus Neighborhood Watch group on Facebook.

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