Virginia: Rules sought on ordnance from Civil War

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The Civil War ended more than 140 years ago, but there is still ordnance to be unearthed, said Bob Wilcox an amateur historian from Powhatan County.

And the thought, he said, is chilling, especially in light of the February explosion that killed Sam White, who ran a business in which he cleaned and disarmed Civil War-era military ordnance at his Chesterfield County home.

The explosion scattered Civil War shell shrapnel throughout the neighborhood.

The incident prompted Wilcox to encouraged Powhatan officials to develop some type of regulation that would address the handling of such items when they are discovered.

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