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Cache of Civil War-era artillery unearthed near Pa. middle school
Quote:The cannonballs were uncovered by excavation crews working at the site of a new apartment building in the city's Lawrenceville neighborhood. The site, at 39th and Butler streets, was once a Civil War-era munitions depot and manufacturing plant for Union forces known as the Allegheny Arsenal.

As a history nut I hate to see these destroyed but more than likely that's what will happen.
If they haven't exploded by now I would think the chances of that happening are pretty slim.

Reminds me of some cannon balls the Erie Soldier & Sailors home had on display for eons until one day someone freaked and called the bomb squad to remove them.  They were all destroyed and were inert.

I also can't help but think of all the bullets I've loaded wrong and taken back apart and have yet to cause an explosion.
I have an Uncle, haven't seen him in a very long time, but, I remember he was a Civil War buff, had lots of memorabilia. Among them was a complete Confederate soldiers uniform, a Confederate cavalry sword, a Union officers uniform, various bullets, including two that hit in mid air and lots of other cool stuff.

He was also a hunter, lots of heads on the walls and had a stool made from an elephants foot, thought that was creepy when I was a kid.

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