Bomb squad called to reported hoarding situation in Wayne, Pa.

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An investigation by Radnor Township police into a reported hoarder home led to the discovery of hazardous materials in Delaware County. (WPVI)

An investigation by Radnor Township police into a reported hoarder home led to the discovery of hazardous materials in Delaware County.

Officials responded around 2:30 p.m. to a home in a cul de sac in the unit block of Marlyn Road in Wayne, Pa.

Police said the deplorable conditions of the home had been reported to them last week.

"It started out as a check on the property, like the township manager said, we smelled the odor," said Police Chief William Colarulo. "We don't know if it was a dead animal or dead body, that's when we made a forcible entry."

Once inside the home, crews discovered rounds of munition, suspected explosives and other items emergency crews said they're not familiar with - even some dating back to the World War II era.

A bomb squad was called to the scene after police said one of the K9s trained to sniff for C-4 explosives picked up on a scent inside the home.

Residents watched from the street as crews catalogued hazardous materials.

"The first thing I was concerned about was whether we would need to evacuate if there were any bombs," said Janine DuSossoit.

Delaware County property tax records show the home is owned by Layton Fiering, who said he's lived there for 76 years.

"Messy does not explode, messy is just messy," Fiering said.

Fiering, a licensed firearms broker, admitted to burying more than two dozen deceased cats in the backyard, police said.

Emergency crews have blocked off the cul de sac and some neighboring streets, and officials have deemed the home uninhabitable.

Police are working to piece together why Fiering had the discovered items in his home.

So far, no charges have been filed.

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