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.

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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.

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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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Shop Owner Report Cannonball in Store

Bentonville, Arkansas The owner of a Backstreet Trader, a home furnishing store, called police to report a Civil War cannonball in his showcase. The owner reportedly bought the item at auction over a year ago but became concerned after seeing a news report about a similar find that turned out to be live.

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You Know the 'Ole College "Keg in the Closet," but This??

Minot, North Dakota A residence hall at Minot State University had to be evacuated when staff members cleaning out a storage closet found a Civil War-era UXO in a box of historical artifacts. The Minot Police Department bomb squad and the Minot Air Force Base EOD Team responded to evacuate the building. The 19th century ammunition was safely removed and disposed.

Hurricane Matthew Unearths Old Exposives

Folly Beach, South Carolina Hurricane Matthew uncovered Civil War-era cannonballs on Folly Beach. A local resident found the old ordnance while walking along the beach.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Folly Beach Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, and a US Air Force EOD Team responded. EOD detonated a number of the items in place on the beach, and a few were to be taken to nearby naval base, Joint Base Charleston for destruction.

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Dog Sniffs Out 19th Century Mortar

Dover, United Kingdom Sign this furry friend up for the bomb squad! A man was walking his black Labrador, Barnes, on the shore of Sandwich Bay when the dog sniffed out on old mortar shell, and it isn't the dog's first munition find!

The shell, believed to be a 25-pound, high explosive shell dating from around 1890, was disposed of at the site by the Royal Navy Southern Diving Unit from Portsmouth. Barnes' previous finds include some 40-pound black powder shells, sniffed out in the same area last March.

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Antique Dealer Finds Live Cannonball

Cumming, Georgia An antique dealer helping a collector consign a lifelong collection of antiques found more than she bargained for when she found an old cannonball in the collection. Going through the collection at her home, she showed the find to her husband, an Atlanta police officer.

After researching cannonballs on the internet, the husband warned her that it could potentially be live. The couple then drove to the nearest police department, smartly leaving the cannonball behind at the house, to report the find. The local police department instructed her to call 911 so that a record of the call could be generated.

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Cannonball Detonated on Boston Beach

Boston, Massachusetts The State Police Bomb Squad safely carried out a controlled explosion of an old, rusty, 12-inch Civil War Era cannonball found by a fisherman. The cannonball was found under a sand berm on Carson Beach near Castle Island.

The round was suspected of being filled with black powder. The cannonball was disposed without incident.

Living History Is Not Just a Slogan When It Come to UXO

Charleston, South Carolina Construction crews working on the expansion of the Jewish Studies Center at the College of Charleston uncovered a Civil War era munition. The construction crew called the police who responded and evacuated the immediate era. Air Force EOD from Joint Base Charleston was called in to provide technical support. EOD safely removed the munition from the area for safe disposal.

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