February 11, 2011
National Park Rangers called in the Virginia State Police after they found a potentially live Civil War-era artillery shell in Petersburg.
The shell was found Thursday at a private residence after rangers searched the home during what they called a criminal investigation. The rangers had a search warrant.
The Petersburg Progress-Index reports that local police blocked off streets near the home while state police retrieved the shell.
Officials could not say whether the shell was live or not.
Civil War-vintage shells are often recovered in Virginia. Three years ago, a relic hunter was killed when a shell exploded in the driveway of his Chester home.
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