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Hurricane Matthew Unearths Civil War-Era Cannonballs in South Carolina

Charleston County Sheriff's Office Civil War-era canon balls are uncovered after Hurricane Matthew in in South Carolina, Folly Beach, on Oct. 9, 2016

They were discovered on a beach

Cannonballs dating back to the Civil War era have been discovered on a South Carolina beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The military ordnance was found by a local resident walking along Folly Beach in Charleston County, according to CNN. The U.S. Air Force Explosive Team helped to detonate the cannonballs on Sunday, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said.

The storm left a trail of devastation through the Caribbean and hit the U.S. on Friday, leaving more than 1 million people in South Carolina and North Carolina without power.


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