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December 2014

Civil War artillery shell found in Charleston



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Airmen from Joint Base Charleston and Department of Defense personnel removed a Civil War-era artillery shell from a downtown Charleston construction site.

Construction crews working the site at 94 Wentworth Street made the discovery at approximately 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis. Police describe the unearthed piece of history is an explosive shell, or an ordnance. It is not a bomb, they say. 

Crews were in the process of moving dirt where plumbing for a future a vegan dining hall is being constructed as part of the Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston.

People who live or work in nearby buildings who were asked to leave the immediate area and traffic was rerouted away from the site. The road has reopened and people were allowed back in their buildings shortly after the shell was removed.

Military authorities say the ordnance will be disposed of properly.

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