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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington fire and police departments responded Monday afternoon to 43rd Street near Wrightsville Avenue.

Around 1:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a report that a cannonball had been found.

The father of the homeowner was tearing down an old shed in the backyard when he found the cannonball.

The Wilmington Police Department’s Bomb Squad was then called in to safely remove the cannonball.

Police would not allow WWAY to see the actual cannonball, but authorities at the scene said it is possible that the cannonball is from the Civil War era.

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