Crew from Fort Riley removes possible military explosive from Prairie Village home

A crew from Fort Riley on Tuesday removed what was believed to have been a military explosive from a Prairie Village home after a woman cleaning out some of her husband’s items discovered the device.

The woman called police about 12:30 p.m. saying she had found an old military item that could possibly be an explosive in her home in the 6300 block of Hodges Drive, said Capt. Byron Roberson with the Prairie Village Police Department.

Overland Park police’s bomb squad inspected the item and determined it appeared to have been an unexploded rifle-mounted mortar round, Roberson said. Because the mortar could have been a live explosive, Prairie Village police requested military personnel from Fort Riley to come and dispose of the item.

Police evacuated the house and blocked off the street in front of the house. Police also told neighbors what was going on and asked them to stay inside their homes, preferably in basements.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.