Police are trying to locate four World War I artillery shells stolen from a storage shed here sometime in January.

Although the shells no longer contain explosive powder, the detonators are still in place and could cause the shells to explode."They are not as potentially dangerous as if they had powder," said Lt. Tom Paul. "They wouldn't blow up a house, but they could kill someone."

Paul said that dropping the shells, banging them together or trying to pry them apart might cause them to explode. The shells were stolen from a storage shed belonging to Oscar Evans, 93, 817 S. Locust Ave. A silver World War I carbide lamp was also stolen.

Evans, who served in World War I, had kept the shells and lamp as souvenirs of the war.

Detective Cody Cullimore, investigating officer, says there are no leads in the case. Anyone with information about the missing shells is asked to call Cullimore at 785-3506.