What is believed to be a Civil War era cannonball found Monday afternoon in Craven County is being examined by explosive experts.
The cannonball was discovered by a highway crew working in Bridgeton. The DOT says a contractor on the Highway 17 project discovered the cannonball during a fine grading operation. It is likely the cannonball came from another location as the contractor had brought in fill dirt for that work.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit from Cherry Point was called in to remove the cannonball.
They are now making sure it won't explode and are trying to research exactly what it was used for and where it came from.
Cherry Point says they plan on preserving the cannonball, hoping to put it on display at the Air Station.