Civil War-era cannonball found in backyard of Virginia home: 'Could still be a live ordnance'

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I thought they were just made of solid iron.
These are dangerous!!!

A man was killed digging them up...

 
Interesting tid bit .
The Richmond armory that had been supplying Confederate artillery fuses blew up just prior to the battle of Gettysburg .
The contractor that picked up the slack was making fuses with a slower burn rate so that during the battle, the Confederate artillery was overshooting the Union line before the shells exploded .
 
Some are, some aren't.

There were many, many different kinds of ammo developed for artillery pieces over the centuries.

Then there's canister

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I thought they were just made of solid iron.
These are dangerous!!!

A man was killed digging them up...


Biemeck and Peter George, co-author of a book on Civil War ordnance, believe White was using either a drill or a grinder attached to a drill to remove grit from the cannonball, causing a shower of sparks.

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I guess the guy wasn't as expert as he said. Basically, if you dig them up, put them on a shelf you're probably fine. But cover them with a bunch of sparks, there might be trouble.
 
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