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Bomb squad called by fire marshal to detonate Civil War era cannonball found in Maryland


David Matthews

New York Daily News

A bomb squad was called in to detonate a Civil War cannonball that was found near an old battlefield in Maryland.

A homeowner in the suburbs of Maryland called the state fire marshal after their family member gave them a cannonball they found while metal detecting near the Monocacy Battlefield in Frederick.

The bomb squad took possession of the live ordinance and took it to Beaver Creek Quarry in Hagerstown and performed “an emergency disposal,” according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

“As proven today, the finding of military ordnance from the Civil War is not uncommon in Maryland, and these devices pose the same threat as the day they were initially manufactured,” the fire marshal’s office said in a statement last week.

“It could have easily killed someone or multiple people if mishandled,” Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire told CNN.


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