Cannonball

Arts & Culture
7:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Young Treasure Hunter Turns Find Over To Durham County Bomb Squad

Eli Aquino, 10, of Hillsborough poses with the Confederate Bormann fuse cannonball he found in the Eno River.
Credit Tim Duffy

A young treasure hunter uncovered a heavy piece of history, and now it’s in the hands of the Durham County bomb squad.

Ten-year-old Eli Aquino of Hillsborough found a rusted cannonball in the Eno River near Gold Park last week. Eli has been known to collect objects he finds while sifting through the mud wearing swim goggles.

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Arts & Culture
10:47 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Durham Man Discovers Civil War Era Cannonball

This is believed to be a Civil War-era cannonball, similar to the one Michael Jacobs discovered in Durham recently.
Credit Travis S. via Flickr, creative commons

A Durham man who discovered a Civil War era cannonball in his yard had it detonated by a bomb squad this week.

Michael Jacobs took the cannonball to an antiques dealer. But, it ended up with a Durham bomb squad. They had to disarm it; in spite of its age, it could still explode.

John Guss is with the historic Bennett House in Durham. Guss says the area was a hotbed of Civil War activity in 1865:

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