published Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Suspected Civil war cannonball dug up in Atlanta

An Atlanta Police robot loads a possible Civil-War era cannonball into an explosives containment vehicle, after it was discovered at a construction site for the College Football Hall of Fame, in Atlanta, Thursday, July 18 2013. The cannonball was taken to a safe area to be further examined and disarmed if needed.
An Atlanta Police robot loads a possible Civil-War era cannonball into an explosives containment vehicle, after it was discovered at a construction site for the College Football Hall of Fame, in Atlanta, Thursday, July 18 2013. The cannonball was taken to a safe area to be further examined and disarmed if needed.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say a construction crew has unearthed what appears to be a cannonball near Centennial Olympic Park.

Police spokesman Gregory Lyon says the crew dug up the suspected cannonball Thursday afternoon and authorities took it to a bomb range.

Centennial Olympic Park is owned by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Spokeswoman Jennifer LeMaster says the cannonball was removed from the property, but authorities have not yet determined exactly how old it is.

Police spokesman John Chafee says bomb technicians said the artifact may have been from the Civil War era, but authorities say the suspected cannonball has not yet been examined by an expert.

When federal troops besieged Atlanta in 1864, they fired thousands of cannon shells into the downtown area that now includes Centennial Olympic Park.

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