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St. Augustine man finds Civil War-era mortar in yard

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man digging in his backyard discovered what local officials believe is a Civil War-era explosive.

The St. Augustine Record reports that the man was digging a grave for his dog when he found a rusty cannonball with two ports sticking out of it.

The unnamed man told a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office officer who called in a bomb squad.

Civil War-era mortar

They studied the artifact and identified it as a Civil War-era piece.

St. Augustine Lighthouse archaeological conservator Andrew Thompson says there was not a lot of Civil War action in the area.

An historian said the relic could have been brought to the area by a collector, and discarded.

The sheriff’s office says after tests, the mortar will be offered back to the man who found it, or a museum.