Possible Civil War cannonball found on Va. base

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 3:09 PM
Possible Civil War cannonball found on Va. base

A cannonball that could be from the Civil War era has been found at Fort Lee in Virginia and explosives experts have been called in to detonate it.

Spokesman Stephen J. Baker said the unexploded ordnance was uncovered around 11 a.m. Friday during a metal detector survey of an area on the 5,900-acre base south of Richmond.

Baker said an explosives ordnance team from Fort Belvoir (BELL'-vwar) is en route from northern Virginia.

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