Flamethrower, grenades, anti-tank gun are part of stockpile found in dead man's Connecticut home

Sharon - Authorities have removed a stockpile of military firearms, including grenades and a flamethrower, and thousands of rounds of ammunition from the northwest Connecticut house of a recently deceased resident.

The Republican-American reported that State Police came to George Laning's house in Sharon after a friend found him dead March 8. The 59-year-old Laning died of unspecified natural causes days earlier.

Members of the state police Emergency Services Unit, the FBI and a team of Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Mass., cataloged items including a 20-mm anti-tank gun on skis to AR-15s, grenades, bombs and a flamethrower. The equipment was removed by truck.

Laning was described as a reclusive man who shared his home with his father, Harry, who died at age 94 in 2005.

Harry Laning served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II.

"You'd hear what sounded like target practice noises," said Sherman Palmer, a neighbor who plows Laning's driveway.

- Associated Press


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