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Firefighters find lot of ammunition in pensioner's house

7 December 2012

Vyskov, South Moravia, Dec 6 (CTK) - Firefighters have found a huge amount of ammunition in a house of a 65-year-old man from Vyskov who has been collecting it for ten years, police spokeswoman Iva Sebkova told CTK Thursday.

The man, whose house was burning on Tuesday, previously worked with the military.

He served in the Vyskov garrison where he was in charge of soldiers' training, according to available information.

The retired soldier faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of illegal possession of arms and ammunition.

"We are naturally looking into how he could get access to the ammunition and whether he possessed it legally," Sebkova said.

The ammunition type and origin are being analysed, she added.

She refused to say whether the police investigation would result in the man's prosecution.

The family house in Vyskov caught fire on Tuesday morning. The flames spread from the chimney that the house owner used as a smokehouse. The fire partially destroyed one room. The damage is put at some 10,000 crowns.

The firefighters, who were extinguishing the fire, uncovered a high number of ammunition rounds in the loft. They called bomb disposal experts who started working after the fire was extinguished.

Police experts were clearing out the loft full of ammunition and weapons for almost 20 hours.

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