Mayor: Relics dealer's garage like ammo dump (Virginia)

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Sam White's garage left a big impression on Hopewell Mayor Steven D. Taylor.

Taylor remembers the Civil War artifacts that made White's Chesterfield County home what he called a virtual museum. The garage was more like a Civil War ammo dump.

"He had a lot of ordnance in there. . . . I remember leaving his house thinking, 'I wouldn't want to be his neighbor,'" the mayor said yesterday.

White, 53, died Monday after a Civil War shell exploded outside his Glebe Point home. Authorities have been sorting through the relic collector's munitions and destroying them at a local dump.

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