Hurricane Matthew Unearths Civil War Cannonballs in South Carolina

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. – Civil War-era cannonballs have been detonated in South Carolina after Hurricane Matthew uncovered the old military ordnance in Folly Beach.

A local resident came across the cannonballs while walking on the beach on Sunday morning, Chief Andrew Gilreath, Director of Public Safety, told CNN.

“You can see the fuse holes in the balls,” he said.

Erosion caused by the storm unearthed the ordnance in a non-residential area, Gilreath said, and Charleston County and Air Force explosives teams were called to the scene.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said that the US Air Force Explosive Team detonated a number of the ordnance where they were found. A small number were to be taken to a navy base for destruction, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.