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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Civil War-era cannonball discovered in Va.

By Associated Press

A suspected Civil War-era cannonball has been uncovered at Fort Lee in Petersburg, and explosives experts have been called in to detonate it.

Fort Lee spokesman Stephen J. Baker said the unexploded ordnance was uncovered around 11 a.m. Friday during a metal detector survey of an area in the southwest portion of the 5,900-acre base 25 miles south of Richmond.

Baker said an explosives ordnance team from Fort Belvoir is en route from northern Virginia.

The cannonball was buried about 6 inches deep. An area around the discovery has been cordoned off.

By Associated Press  | March 11, 2011; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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It's not dangerous until it dries out, but then it's as deadly as the day it was fired.

You wouldn't want to use it as a door stop for a few years and then put it on a drill press to see what's inside. The drill will heat up, spark, and set the shell off about a foot away from your rib cage.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 11, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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