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1892 German Shotgun Among Items Brought to Hoover's Household Hazardous Waste Day

1892 German Shotgun Among Items Brought to Hoover's Household Hazardous Waste Day
1892 German Shotgun Among Items Brought to Hoover's Household Hazardous Waste Day

About 1,400 Hoover residents dropped off items at Hoover’s Household Hazardous Waste Day today at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium parking lot, city officials said. They brought their old paint, cleaning products, light bulbs, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, pesticides, used tires and a host of other items best kept out of landfills. Residents were asked to bring the items between 8 a.m. and noon in the 19th annual cleanup effort.

One of the most unusual items dropped off today was an 1892 double-barrel German shotgun. David Buchanan, a painter for the city of Hoover who was helping unload items brought in by residents, said an older gentleman brought the weapon after finding it in his closet and figuring he had no use for it.

Hoover Councilman Gene Smith, a co-owner of Hoover Tactical Firearms, estimated the antique shotgun is probably worth at least several thousand dollars.

Smith and city workers initially said the gun would have to be melted down like other guns turned into police. However, Hoover City Administrator Allan Rice said city officials will try to locate the man who surrendered the gun and help him determine the value of it and what should be done with it. The city does not plan to destroy the antique and will work to preserve the history associated with the weapon, Rice said.