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Worker Finds Civil War-Era Canonball In Leonia Basement

Canonball found in Leonia basement.
Canonball found in Leonia basement. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Leonia PD

LEONIA, N.J. -- A worker renovating a Leonia house for its new owner discovered a Civil War-era cannonball Tuesday, police said.

Police got the call around 10:45 a.m. after the round shot ammunition was found on a basement window sill at the house at 114 Leonia Ave., Capt. Scott Tamagny told Daily Voice.

"Because it was not solid, we were concerned it could contain a charge or explosive powder," Tamagny said said.

The Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad "removed it, x-rayed it and disposed of it safely," he said.

"The prior house owner was a history buff," the captain noted.

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