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Bomb squad called to investigate in Boardman

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - A teen trying to pawn an item he found in a garage quickly learned his find was too dangerous to sell.

Boardman police and fire and the Youngstown bomb squad responded to the parking lot behind Hertz auto rental on Market Street Friday afternoon. That's where a mother and her 14-year-old son were parked with what's believed to be a World War II era mortar shell in their possession.

At around 1 p.m., Danielle Chalfant and her son Robert took the shell to First Choice Coin & Jewelry, which specializes in war memorabilia. Chalfant says her son brought it home after cleaning houses with his uncle in the city.

"It's been in our basement for months, kids have been playing with it," she says.

Once the pawn shop examined it, Chalfant quickly learned she should have handed it over to someone else sooner.

"Did a little research, looked at it a little closer and thought, it's not marked inert and I don't see any drill holes, so it could be a live round," says James Engel, with First Choice Coin & Jewelry.

Robert Chalfant says he has experience selling metal items for a quick profit, but this is new territory.

"I was holding in my hands when he told me, I was frightened," he says.

The bomb squad will X-Ray the device, which measures about 12 inches in length.

At first officials thought it could be live, but later determined the shell to be inert.

Still, Chalfant says he'll think twice before he tries to earn a few extra dollars on items, especially ones that could explode.

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