Cannonball Reported At Construction Site

Luton, United Kingdom Construction workers called police and reported finding a cannonball during construction activities. Police responded and cordoned off the area closing several nearby streets in the process.



Cannonballs Wash Ashore From Hurricane Dorian

Folly Island, South Carolina Seashell hunters spotted two suspicious items on Folly Beach near an old Coast Guard Base while searching through debris following Hurricane Dorian. The Charleston County bomb disposal team responded and notified a US Air Force EOD for technical assistance.


EOD identified the items as Civil War-era ordnance including one 8" shell and one 3" shell. EOD safely removed the items for disposal.


Tennessee Cannonball Mystery

Memphis, Tennessee an alert homeowner called the police after finding cannonballs in his front yard. The police call the bomb squad who took several x-rays of the items and identified them as inert Civil War era cannonballs. Authorities are unclear how the cannonballs ended up on the property and are investigating it further.

Civil War UXO Found in Virginia Yard

Petersburg, Virginia Virginia State Police and Petersburg Police responded to a home in Petersburg after a Civil War-era ordnance was found. A bomb squad was called in to recover what was described as a "live mortar round" found behind the home. The surrounding area was evacuated while experts safely removed the munition to a landfill where it was detonated.

Patio Parrot Round

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Construction of a patio for a home in North Myrtle Beach was halted when workers unearthed Civil War-era UXO. The city's public safety department secured the area and the Horry County bomb squad was called to the scene.

Shaw Air Force Base EOD was brought in to remove the ordnance, identified as a 3" Parrot round. Following removal, the item was safely destroyed at a site west of the Intracoastal Waterway.


Old Ordnance Found Along Irish Road

Co Kildare, Ireland An Army Bomb Disposal Team was called to the scene by police when a Civil War Era munition was found along a local road. Several houses were evacuated and a cordon established as the bomb disposal rendered the ordnance safe.

Cache of Spanish War Ordnance Discovered

Aragon, Spain Officers of Guardia Civil (Spain's law enforcement agency) uncovered a large cache of Spanish Civil War ordnance in the Jiloca river. Divers spent several weeks removing 538 UXO items from the shallow waters and thick mud of the river. The UXO was safely transported for off-site disposal.


Live Ordnance Stored for Years in Virginia Museum

Petersburg, Virginia Police were called to the Siege Museum in Petersburg when a bomb technician determined that three Civil War-era cannonballs being stored in the museum basement were likely live. Though the ordnance was unfuzed, an x-ray revealed that explosives remain in the devices.

An EOD team was called in to remove the items from the building. The Deputy Fire Marshal and police secured the area overnight until the team could arrive. The cannonballs have reportedly been in the sub-basement in storage since the late 1970s.


Campus Cannonball

Charleston, South Carolina 628th Civil Engineer EOD along with the Charleston Police Department safely recovered a cannonball from a construction site behind the College of Charleston science center. Following an x-ray of the munition, it was unclear whether or not the item still contained black powder, so the decision was made to safely dispose of the item through open detonation.


628th CES disposes of Civil War-era cannonballs

Article copied from the Joint Base Charleston website. Written 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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