Unusual Discoveries in Self Storage Units

Found – Live Hand Grenade!

Crazy things found in storage units

Most self storage facilities are used for storing extra furniture, expansive comic collections, and extra vehicles, but some have been used for unexpected purposes. Often these alternative uses are born out of necessity and are creative solutions to individual needs, like when one customer kept his fitness equipment in a unit and would regularly drop in to use the facility as a personal gym. However, just because a storage unit is rented and accessible doesn’t mean it can be used to fill any need that arises. While a storage unit is basically regarded as rented extension of one’s home, there is common sense and legal limitations that should be carefully followed in order to stay above the law and out of harm’s way. Just because you can fit 80 cats into a unit doesn’t mean you’re allowed to, even if it does free up space in your home for adopting more kittens. And explosives, weapons, toxic materials, or anything hazardous is also banned from self storage facilities. While you look for somewhere else that is safe and legally acceptable to store your collection of hunting rifles, here are some actual accounts of storage units discovered to have unexpected contents:

    • An Explosive Discovery:
      A man from Michigan who bought the contents of a  storage unit found that his purchase included a live grenade. He took it to local authorities who promptly sent for a bomb squad. While the police were glad that the grenade was safely disposed of, they suggested that next time a grenade is found, leave it on the location, call the authorities, and wait for the professionals. Don’t try to move it personally.

  • Garage Storage Band:
    A rock band from Hawaii used a storage unit to keep their instruments and sound equipment, and found that it was easier to set up the band on site to practice their material. The band, Breath of Fire, found that it was simpler and cheaper to practice at the storage facility instead of the expensive music studio they were using before.
  • Now that’s an Antique:
    Archaeologists discovered 3,000 year old seeds in ancient storage units when excavating at the Sites of Zhouyuan in China. Astonishingly the seeds were very well preserved, some even looking like new, according to the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. Even 3,000 years ago, humans were aware of the value in storing goods in quality storage locations!
  • Out of this World:
    The subjects of Spike TV’s Auction Hunters found a NASA countdown clock and rocket when buying a storage unit in Miami, Florida. Though the storage facility’s proximity to Cape Canaveral, a location used by NASA for their space program endeavors, made it possible that such items would be discovered, it was still a lucky and exciting find for the experienced auction veterans.
  • Step into My Office:
    Sometimes businesses can be run out of self storage units, when the storage facility’s location and rules allow. A law attorney found a storage unit specifically marketed by the facility for use as office space, and once he moved in his desk, office chair, and arranged his law books on bookshelves along the unit wall, it looked like a very respectable place of business. However, not all storage companies allow units to be used as office space since human occupancy is discouraged.
  • Trouble in Store:
    A burglar was discovered inside a storage unit in Missouri, after he was trapped inside when attempting a robbery. After the thief slipped inside the unit, a security guard noticed the door was ajar and then closed and latched it, locking the burglar and his wasted hopes inside. The security guard later called the police who freed the hapless burglar from the storage unit, only to place him under arrest for attempted robbery. While this story ended humorously, it is worth remembering to keep storage units locked and only reserve a storage unit from a storage company with security features.

If the idea of potentially uncovering some weird (or possibly valuable!) storage unit contents is exciting to you, why not take part in our next storage auction? See you there!


About Chris Thrive

A Content Editor with Assured Self Storage that enjoys writing about organizing your home, lifehacks and self storage tips.

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