Civil war cannonballs found on SC beach after Hurricane Matthew

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Heavy winds and churned waters brought by Hurricane Matthew on Saturday unearthed a stack of cannonballs likely from the Civil War era.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called to investigate the pile of old ordnance was found on Folly Beach.

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

Once the ocean level goes down, Watson says technicians will make it safe. He warned residents might hear a small boom.

The first shots of the Civil War were fired at nearby Fort Sumter in 1861.

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