Hurricane Matthew’s wind, rain and surf revealed historic artifacts over the weekend.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said a citizen found unexploded Civil War-era cannonballs on Folly Beach. U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Tracy Passerotti from Joint Base Charleston told South Carolina Radio Network that the ordinance was a danger.
“The ones we found did have a charge in them. And that’s why took care of them the way we did,” Passerotti said.
Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians worked with Charleston County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad members to transport cannonballs to a safe place.
Authorities said that a number of the cannonballs were detonated by the Air Force in a small-scale explosion Sunday evening. Work started on the situation around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, but the Aird Force had to wait until after 7 p.m. to detonate them due to the tide.
“The storm must have uncovered, or been the culprit in uncovering, the 17 cannonballs,” Passerotti said.
Members of the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Team, Folly Beach Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office responded. Authorities said there never was a threat to the community.