A 7,000-pound, 20-foot Civil War cannon installed on the ramparts of Fort Macon on the North Carolina coast is about to make some noise.
The cannon will be dedicated on Saturday. It was built by Wayne Community College students.
Wayne Community College management instructor Kirk Keller said the cannon will be loaded with five pounds of powder. Keller said if the cannon was loaded with a cannon ball, it could travel as far as 3 miles. Without the cannonball, Keller said the firing will still impress those attending.
The ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque recognizing the efforts of students, faculty and staff to build the cannon.