September 23, 2011 6:40 PM
Drew C. Wilson
U.S. Marine Corps/Contributed photo: A cannonball found by construction workers sits in the grass awaiting transport to Cherry Point air station.
BRIDGETON — A crew working to widen U.S. 17 found an unusual and dangerous object — a Civil War-era cannonball with its fuse still intact.
Cherry Point air station’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was called in to remove the naval cannonball.
According to Ira Whitford, assistant director of Craven County Emergency Management, the approximately 10-inch wide cannonball was discovered about 11:30 a.m. Monday near the Antioch Road area where U.S. 17 is being widened to four lanes.
“They were out doing some grading preparing to pave and they discovered it. They picked it up and put it in a secure yard and they called us and we called Cherry Point EOD to come recover it,” Whitford said.