LOWER GWYNEDD — More than 100 firearms, boxes of ammunition and multiple military ordnance items were removed from a home in the 400 block of Houston Road Sept. 5 at the request of one of the homeowners, according to Lower Gwynedd police.

Family members assisting an elderly couple clean out some items at the home called the police after they found multiple military ordnance items and firearms, police said.

“There were a lot of rifles,” mostly World War I and World War II vintage, “munitions, most inert, and submunitions or little bombs, not totally workable,” Lower Gwynedd police Lt. Michael Gargan said Sept. 9.

Some items “could have blown up, but couldn’t be propelled — some totally inert, some not totally,” he said. “The majority was collectible.”

At the wife’s request, the items, which belonged to her husband, who is in the hospital, were removed, Gargan said.

The husband was a collector and he may have been an authorized dealer in the past, he said, noting police are still investigating.

No charges are expected to be filed against anyone, he said.

“While most items were collectible in nature, extreme precautions were taken in removing the items from the home for safe disposal,” Lower Gwynedd Police Chief Paul Kenny said in a news release.

The Montgomery County Bomb and Hazardous Device Disposal Unit, FBI, ATF and Department of Defense were called to the scene to assist in removing the items.

“We were using an overabundance of caution; it’s not something we’re used to seeing,” Gargan said.

The street was closed to keep pedestrians from milling around during the investigation and for parking for the responders, he said.

In addition to the munitions, which were taken away by the Army, there were about 89 rifles and 40 handguns, none of which were loaded, in the home, Gargan said.

“We had to categorize everything, so it took about four hours to clear the home,” he said.

“We’re holding the materials — the rifles and guns — for the family, at their request, until they can sell them,” Gargan said.

The Wissahickon Fire Company, Community Ambulance Association of Ambler and Plymouth Community Ambulance Association also responded to the scene.

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