Going to have to find that scrap yard - Asheville, NC

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Talk about an interesting find...  From Nashville, TN station WZTV:

Man buys 160-year-old Civil War-era live explosive for $3, thinking it was cannonball
A Civil War-era artifact recently bought by an Asheville man turned out to be a live explosive.

On Nov. 28, members of the Asheville Police Department Bomb Squad responded to a home in east Asheville in reference to an explosive device.

John Miller, who bought the 12-pound sphere, said he found it at an area scrap yard.

“I paid three dollars for it,” Miller recalled, on Dec. 2.

And it did not look a lot like a cannonball so he called:

“I knew just enough about it, that I knew I didn’t want to keep it around,” said Miller. “[The] bomb squad showed up with X-ray machine and some other police cars.”

Although the artifact looked like a cannonball, technically, it wasn’t, said Joe Silberman, APD bomb squad commander.

“It’s a 4-and-2/3-inch bursting shell, or case shot,” Silberman said.

That would have made quite the impression at his next garden party.  Hey y'all - watch this...

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