Donated land mine was a dud |

Donated land mine was a dud

ARVADA, Colorado – A land mine recently left at a thrift store was authentic – but luckily inert.

Police say the Claymore land mine found in a donation box Tuesday at a Goodwill store in a west-Denver suburb was a training device and didn’t have an explosive component.

A Goodwill employee familiar with military explosive devices found the land mine. An area strip mall was evacuated and a bomb squad called in.

Police haven’t identified the person who dropped off the device. Arvada investigators say someone clearing out a home or garage might not have known what the item was.

Claymore mines were widely used during the Vietnam war.

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