Shell shocked

Police remove decades-old tank shells from Ravena home

— Coeymans Police and the New York State Police bomb squad were called to a home in Ravena, when the homeowner reported finding eight tank shells in the basement of his residence, said police.

Sean Riley of 6 VanBuren Ave., contacted police after finding the 20mm tank shells in the rafters of his basement on Thursday, April 5 around 3 p.m.

"They were taken to be disposed of," said Coeymans Police Department Investigator Gerald DeLuca. "They were found to be from the 1950s and there was the potential they were volitile."

Police said they were called after Riley initially called the television show “Sons of Guns” to inquire about the value of the tank shells. "He was told by the personnel from the show not to touch them and to contact police immediately," said police.

DeLuca said Riley has not lived in the house long and the shells were found hidden in the rafter when he was cleaning out the basement to run cable wires. "The shells could have been there for an extended period of time, we do not know,' said DeLuca.

Coeymans Police and Bomb squad personnel responded to the home and the shells without incident. Police said there was no need to evacuate any neighbors nor nearby homes.

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