Military personnel called to Prairie Village home to dispose of possible explosive

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Police were called to a Johnson County residence where an antique military explosive was located.

Around 12:30 on Tuesday afternoon, officers were called to a residence in the 6300 block of Hodges in regards to the possible explosive. Police say a woman who lives in a home there was cleaning out her basement when she came across a mortar shell, which officers say is from the World War II era. The woman told police she believes her late husband tucked the device away downstairs, and she wasn't aware it was down there until Tuesday.

Everyone inside the home was evacuated. Neighboring residents were also contacted by police and advised to stay inside their homes. The Overland Park Police Bomb Squad was called to inspect the found item and was at the scene Tuesday evening.

Military personnel from Fort Riley were also called to the location, and disposed of the item.

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