EOD Remove Old Shrapnel Round from Construction Site

Hampton, Virginia Homes in Buckroe Beach homes were evacuated after a construction crew installing gas lines discovered suspected ordnance. Hampton Fire Department responded, and Battalion Chief Anthony Chittum reached out to Joint Base Langley-Eustis EOD for assistance.

According to Chittum, the team X-rayed the object at the scene but were having trouble identifying it at the time. Later, U.S. Air Force spokesperson Mike Reeves confirmed the ordnance was a 3.3-inch shrapnel round from a Parrott rifle dating back to the post-Civil War era. The EOD team recovered the shrapnel round and safely disposed of it, allowing for residents to return to their homes.

Homeowner Finds Cannonball

Newport Rhode Island The owner of the John Bliss House, a farmhouse built in 1680, by John Bliss on land deeded to him by his father-in-law, Rhode Island Gov. Benedict Arnold was digging in the yard in preparation for a new barn when he found what he described as a "shinny metal object".

Upon further investigation, homeowner Ryan Miller identified the item as a Civil War era cannonball. He contacted the Newport Historical Society, which referred him to the Naval War College Museum as well as the Varnum House Museum. "I spoke with some of the historians, and they thought mostly like it was a solid shot, solid metal," Miller explained. "But there was a slight chance it was a hollow shot that would have been filled with gunpowder."


Live Cannonball Prompts Brief Closure of Fort Sumter

Charleston, South Carolina Fort Sumter, a popular tourist destination located on an island in the middle of Charleston Harbor, was recently closed after a visitor discovered an historic ordnance item, according to Brett Spaulding, Chief of Interpretation for Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park.


Cleanout Leads to Cannonball Discovery

Mansfield, Massachusetts A Civil War-era cannonball found at a Mansfield home prompted a bomb squad response. The Mansfield Police Department was called in after family members cleaning the home of their deceased father found the ordnance.


Archaeological Survey Team Finds UXO

Kennesaw, Georgia A team of archaeologists conducting a metal detection survey in preparation for a new hiking trail at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield found an intact Civil War era ordnance item. The survey team notified the police who dispatched the Cobb County Police Department Bomb Squad to respond to the call.

According a posting on the Cobb County Police Department social media site, the round was identified a 157-year-old parrot shell that "was discovered 10 inches below the surface and was used extensively in the Civil War by the Union Army."

The 2,965-acre Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves the battleground where Union and Confederate forces fought from June 19 through July 2 in 1864. The fighting was part of the Atlanta Campaign, during which "more than 67,000 soldiers were killed, wounded and captured," Explore Georgia says.

EOD Responds to Cache of 18th Century Cannonballs

Loiusbourg, Nova Scotia EOD Technicians from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax responded to the Fortress of Louisbourg to carefully remove an estimated 100 cannonballs that date back to the 1700s. The UXO has been collected by Louisbourg staff "over the years," according to Joint Task Force Atlantic.


Civil War Cannonballs Wash Ashore

Perdido Key, Florida Following Hurricane Ida, nearly 200 Civil War era cannonballs were discovered near the far end Perdido Key, an area accessible only by boat, ATV or on foot. The area where the munitions were found was closed and marked with signs along with boating restrictions in the area.

EOD responded along with multiple other Federal and State agencies to assist with the operation. The items were disposed of through a controlled detonation within the park boundaries. According to Darrell Echols, Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent, "The park continues to monitor the area for newly discovered munitions and will secure the site(s) should any be found in the future."


Homeowner Discovers Live Civil War Cannonball

Jefferson, Maryland A live Civil War-era cannonball found by a homeowner in Frederick County near Monocacy Battlefield has been safely disposed of by Office of the State Fire Marshal bomb technicians. After finding the item on his property, the homeowner showed the item to neighbors. One neighbor advised him it was live prompting the homeowner to contact the police.


Kids Find Civil War Cannonball near Virginia Home

Seaford, Virginia Children playing with a metal detector near their home discovered a large, round object buried a couple feet below ground. They brought their find inside the house to show the parents who immediately cleared the kids away and called the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office (YPSO) as they recognized the item as a cannonball.

Sheriff's deputies who responded notified EOD from Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Yorktown. The detachment took possession of the ordnance, later determined to be a Civil War-era, 12-pound smoothbore round from the Union Army.


Pool Excavation Yields Civil War-Era Ordnance

Miami, Florida An evacuation for a pool on a residential property was temporary halted after a homeowner discovered ordnance while digging. According to Lt. David Golt of the Miami Shores Police Department, "The bomb squad contacted the military who responded and indicated that it is a very old, possible Civil War-era device."

He went on to say, "The military has removed the device. It is unknown at this time if it would still be active. The scene is being re-opened." The rusty munition was deemed safe and people were allowed back into the neighborhood.

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