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Civil War-era cannonballs uncovered by Hurricane Matthew

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16 Civil War-era cannonballs have been found on Folly Island in South Carolina, the day after Hurricane Matthew swept through the area.

A pile of Civil War-era cannonballs was uncovered by Hurricane Matthew after it lashed South Carolina with strong waves and high winds over the weekend. But rather than preserve the artifacts, authorities have destroyed most of the historic weapons for safety reasons, according to the Folly Beach Police Department.

A day after the hurricane blasted the state’s coastline, on Sunday (Oct. 9), a resident walking along the east end of Folly Island — a coastal region about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Charleston that’s known for its history of pirates and Civil War battles — spotted a pile of 16 corroded ordnances resting on the sand, said Folly Beach Chief Andrew Gilreath, director of public safety. The resident contacted the authorities, who came to assess the situation, he said.

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Story: Laura Geggel, Live Science | Photo: Ben O’Brien, Folly Beach Police Department

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