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Rockntractor
01-12-2013, 12:11 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A dangerous and historic discovery was made in Central Park on Friday afternoon.

Parks workers came upon a live cannon ball, loaded in a cannon that is getting refurbished, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported exclusively.

The loaded artillery piece was one of two Revolutionary War-era cannons being stored at the park’s Ramble shed near the 79th Street transverse. Preservation workers for the Central Park Conservancy called police about mid-day after opening up the capped cannon for cleaning.

The NYPD released a picture of what its officers found: more than 800 grams of black powder still capable of firing, along with cotton wadding and a cannonball CBS 2’s Young spotted being carried in a white cloth by a Conservancy employee.

For John Moore, who is working on a book called “The Secrets of Central Park,” this is a new one.

“This is an amazing surprise. It was there for so many years and people were sitting on it when it was a loaded cannon,” Moore said.
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Apache
01-12-2013, 01:16 AM
I highly doubt that the powder was "capable of firing" after being sunk AND THEN being exposed to the elements for at least 130+ years... the machining just wasn't that good back then. Good story though.

SarasotaRepub
01-12-2013, 01:50 PM
Well...I think Mayor Boomberg should have been asked to take a closer look. :biggrin-new:

Rockntractor
01-12-2013, 01:58 PM
Well...I think Mayor Boomberg should have been asked to take a closer look. :biggrin-new:

He should have sterilized it on his kitchen stove.

Elspeth
01-12-2013, 05:11 PM
Well...I think Mayor Boomberg should have been asked to take a closer look. :biggrin-new:

That would have just given him an excuse to ban historical artifacts.

noonwitch
01-15-2013, 11:49 AM
It's a British cannon.


If it was a Continental army cannon, it should go in a museum somewhere, like the Smithsonian or NYC's public museum. I guess even if it came off a sunken British frigate, it's still part of American history.