Landscrapers Discover Suspected Civil War Cannonball in Virginia Yard

This is one discovery you wouldn’t want to mess with. Landscrapers working in the backyard of a Virginia home were shocked to find a suspected cannonball dating from the Civil War.

Jasin Singh, a real estate agent with Innovation Properties, said that landscrapers were working in the yard of a home on Frederick Street in Staunton, Virginia, when they unearthed something strange. The crew initially thought that it was a strange rock before they realized it was some sort of metal ball.

“One of them ended up rinsing it off and we saw that it was a metal ball, and as soon as I saw that I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is a cannonball,'” Singh said.

Singh mentioned that he had recently dealt with a similar discovery at another home so he knew exactly what to do. “I had something similar actually happen up in Front Royal and so that is why I was kind of bit more familiar with what to kind of do and I am thankful that I have some of that experience,” he said.

Staunton Fire & Rescue responded to the home and ended up calling in Virginia State Police to take the suspected explosive away.

“We assumed it was a Civil War-era cannonball because it can be very unstable, so we treated it as it was a live ordinance,” Perry Weller, deputy chief of community risk reduction for Staunton Fire & Rescue, said.

Source: https://www.whsv.com/2024/04/10/unusual-object-found-backyard-staunton-home/