Cannonballs discovered at Folly Beach to be detonated

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCBD) — Old Civil War cannonballs that were unearthed from the sand at Folly beach have been detonated, and a small part will be transported to the Navy Base. What appeared to be cannonballs surfaced on Sunday, and was discovered on Folly Beach near the end of East Ashley Avenue.

Charleston County Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Eric Watson said in a news release that the cannonballs were found on Folly Beach Sunday afternoon, but bomb squad members couldn’t get to it immediately because of the rising tide.

Members of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team, along with Members of the United States Air Force Explosive Ordinance Team, Folly Beach Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, were on the scene on Sunday.

The cannonballs have been taken to Joint Base Charleston. The first shots of the Civil War were fired at nearby Fort Sumter in 1861.

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