Worker finds Civil War era cannonball in sewer

Worker finds Civil War era cannonball in sewer
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POSTED: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 11:04am

It's unknown for sure, but it appears to be a relic from the Civil War and it has a lot of people around Cannelton, Indiana talking.

Shawn Fulkerson can tell you, when you explore city sewers for a living, you never know what you'll run into.

"I've found soccer balls, concrete blocks, cell phones," says Fulkerson.

Last week though, he made a discovery to top them all. Shawn was down an old sewer line clearing out a pipe when he discovered the artifact.

"The water washed all the debris away and there was a cannonball," says Shawn. "I had looked at pictures of them on the Internet before and I was pretty sure that's what it was."

So once he made his discovery, he couldn't wait to show it off. But first, he had to get out of the sewer with the cannonball and a prybar. It wasn't easy, so he had to be hand-cranked out and when he made it up, it didn't take long for word to spread.

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