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Residents evacuated after discovery of military shells

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NEWPORT, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police evacuated several residents from a Perry County apartment complex Friday morning after maintenance workers found old artillery shells.

State police said seven shells were found in a wooded area near the Perry Manor Apartments in Oliver Township around 11 a.m.

The Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosives Section responded to the scene and determined the shells no longer contained explosives.

"They were very old and rusty," Trooper Edward Lloyd said. "Where the blasting cap would be in the front appeared to be packed with dirt. That was cleaned out and as we cleaned them out there was nothing in them, completely empty."

It is believed the shells had previously been used by the military for training purposes. They were removed from the area and turned over to the Army.

All residents safely returned to their homes around 1 p.m.

"I was a little scared," said Patricia Walck. "They were found right in my backyard. I have my grandchildren with me, so I have to worry about them being out and playing."

Where the shells came from is still a mystery.

"Some local residents speculated possibly World War II-era," Lloyd said. "They could have belonged to someone or possibly this area could have been a training camp for the Pennsylvania National Guard."

"Hopefully, someone will put in a good search to make sure there is nothing around here to put anybody in danger," neighbor Sharon Rilling said.

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