628th CES disposes of Civil War-era cannonballs

Article copied from the Joint Base Charleston website. Written by By Staff Sgt. Andrea Salazar | Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs.

The 628th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) flight detonated explosives brought ashore by the tides of Hurricane Matthew here, Nov. 22, 2016.

It is the responsibility of the military to dispose of all military ordnance. When ordnance are found off base, local bomb squads are usually the ones called to the scene, but once it's determined to be belong to the military, they turn the scene over to 628th CES EOD technicians.

"Anything local authorities find that is identified to be military ordnance, they immediately contact us," said Staff Sgt. Mars Hanse, 628th CES EOD craftsman and team chief for the event. "We analyze all explosives with intense safety measures; donning the required protective equipment and accepting the necessary risks when approaching every explosive."

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