Development teams started expelling over 300 cannonballs from the times of the Civil War after they discovered them underneath a Construction Site in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. The vast array of ammunition is a harsh historical reminder. According to CBS Pittsburgh, they appeared amid a construction project on new apartment complexes. At first, construction crews found only a couple of the military rounds. Then suddenly, their digging unearthed over 300 of them. They immediately contacted a national bomb squad shortly after. According to media reports, removing them is a delicate procedure that will take a few days.

Leonello speaks of discovery

Franjo Construction’s Nick Leonello stated that despite the cannonballs being over 200 years his company chose to utilize proper security and precautionary measures to make sure the ammunition doesn't harm anyone during their removal.

Leonello informed the public that the cannon rounds had dark powder on them which is an exceptionally hazardous substance. He noted that even if the powder encounters moisture after it dries, it can still pose a threat. The Franjo construction team plans to place the cannonballs in a dumpster they acquired and filled with Styrofoam once they expel them from out of the ground.

At this moment, it’s unclear if the crew plans to discard the balls within the construction site or have them relocated to another area.

The present task now is for them to continue excavating until they’ve retrieved all the ammunition rounds buried underground.

At this moment, every cannonball the crew discovers is put away immediately. When contractual workers have better knowledge of how many they have, they’ll decide on how to dispose of them properly.

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Civil War history

The Civil War in America was a battle the U.S. endured internally between 1861 and 1865. The United States confronted secessionists that formed the Confederate States of America from eleven states in the southern region. The U.S. succeeded in the war against the Confederacy, however the conflict U.S. history’s bloodiest war.

The problem back then was slavery, particularly the expansion of servitude into western domains. The battle left over 750,000 armed fighters deceased. The death total was more than the numbers of soldiers killed during WWI and WWII combined.

A significant part of the South's framework faced devastation. The Confederacy eventually fell apart, leaving more than 4 million slaves liberated. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation released the greater part of them. The Reconstruction Era between 1863–1877 came after the war. It reestablished national solidarity, fortified the nation’s government, and brought a sense social equality to most of the slaves liberated all throughout the nation.