Civil War Ordnance Found In Pamlico County

A military bomb squad has taken a Civil War-era explosive found in North Carolina waters

The New Bern Sun Journal reports a residential street was closed Thursday as experts from the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station were called to the scene.

The object was removed from a sports utility vehicle and taken to the Marine base for disposal.

New Bern city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts says the device about the size of a soft-drink bottle and weighed about five pounds. It was covered in barnacles and oysters. Roberts says it was found two days ago in the water off the town of Oriental and was brought to New Bern.

One of the men who pulled it from the water called police to have it checked out.


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  • by Local digger Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    Hope they do not come to my house. I had all my disarmed by a Wilmington collecter. What a waste but a Hotchkiss is only a $150 shell. Would have been nice to have a local shell.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:10 AM
    Nice! Would love to know details of exactly what type it is, how it was used and which side it was from. If it's a yankee piece it should be dropped from a plane over Oriental to see if it will go off, if it's a southern piece it should be made safe and put on display in the Courthouse.
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      by Boats on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to Native
      Good one!!! Best suggestion I've heard so far...
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      by rooter on Jan 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM in reply to Native
      it would be nice if u could value the find n not remark on what side it came from..we r all americans.
  • by Lubba Location: yep on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:04 AM
    sounds like a hotchkiss shell. The bottom of it was not attached very well and I would bet the salt water has long gotten through to the gunpowder. I bet the EOD blows it up because........they just love blowing stuff up. Its what they live for. Maybe they will ask someone first....maybe, lets hope so
  • by Buda on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    What happened to "finders, keepers"? It should be deemed safe and returned to the person who found it. It wasn't found on government property.
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      by Back on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:48 AM in reply to Buda
      Found a 12 lb. live shell near my house. I sold it for $12 to a local historian. He carried it to CP and they disarmed it and gave it back upon request. It now sits in a war museum in Eastern NC right near the iron clad repl.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 03:34 AM
    Disposed of Properly? Do you guys have any clue the monatary and historical value of this relic?
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      by Goober on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:29 AM in reply to
      It won't be destroyed if it can be saved. Cherry Point EOD will make sure it is safe (inert) and put it on display in their showcase. They have a large collection of artifacts they have rescued and preserved.
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      by Goober on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:10 AM in reply to
      Goober is correct. "Disposed of" does not necessarily mean "destroyed" in military speak. The ordnance will be "demilitarized" if at all possible, though there is still a chance that it will have to be destroyed. You can't have a 100 year old live explosive on public display as you really don't know just how stable, or unstable, it is. These things have detonated with very little tampering, causing injuries and even deaths.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:35 AM in reply to
      Man you sound like that thing is obamas crown.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:00 AM in reply to
        Ugh! Not even relevant!
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