Civil War cannonballs found on South Carolina beach after Hurricane Dorian

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCSC/Gray News) - Beachgoers found two Civil War-era cannonballs on the edge of Folly Beach, uncovered by Hurricane Dorian and laying in the sand.

Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend found Civil War cannonballs on the Folly Beach, S.C. on Friday night. (Source: WCSC/Gray News)

After reporting it, police, fire and explosive disposal teams responded, confirming the relics and making sure they weren’t still live and dangerous.

Aaron Lattin and his girlfriend found the cannonballs on the beach overlooking the Morris Island lighthouse Friday night. The couple said they are new to the area and are happy to run into a piece of history.

“I wanted to get a metal detector, especially after the hurricane, and see if there’s anything, any history or artifacts that kind of washed up on the shore,” Lattin said. “We actually just got lucky with no equipment, just spending a day at the beach.”

This wasn’t the first time Civil War cannonballs have been found on Folly Beach. Following Hurricane Matthew in 2016, 16 were found in the same location.

“Maybe this is a hot spot for some good history,” Lattin said.

Other treasure hunters who scoured the beach after Hurricane Dorian weren’t as lucky.

“After the big hurricane I thought I’d find some nice stuff,” said Jerry Tindal. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years and found some junk, maybe some mini balls, a few pieces of metal. A nice young couple five minutes before us walks across a cannonball. Wish I could find one too.”

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