Live Civil War Artillery Shell Found in Tennessee Park

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David Sink, a visitor to Campbell Station Park, got the surprise of a lifetime when he stumbled upon a Civil War-era artillery shell in North Fork Turkey Creek, Tuesday night, Aug. 12.

At 7:08 p.m., Knox County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call from Sink, who had found what he believed to be a piece of mortar in the park.

Sink had retrieved the shell from the creek, carried it up the hill toward the Farragut Library, and then decided to call 9-1-1.

The bomb squad responded only to find that the mortar was in fact a live, unexploded ordnance left over from the Civil War.

“Our bomb squad was dispatched and they determined it was a Civil war-era cannon ball, and it was a live ordnance, and they had to render it safe. They did so at 8:48 p.m.,” said KCSO spokesman Ashley Carrigan.

To render it safe, KCSO’s bomb squad detonated the more than 150 year-old piece of artillery at the site.
The bomb squad also performed a check of the area but did not turn up any more shells or ordnances.

However, that doesn’t mean they’re not there...

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