PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local construction company recently uncovered a piece of Pittsburgh’s history.
While working at a site in Lawrenceville,crews discovered cannonballsbelieved to be from the Civil War era. Pittsburgh police say an employee from Franjo Construction was turning soil on July 2 when something didn’t feel right.
“As soon as he hit them, he knew exactly what they were,” said Franjo Construction project manager Kayla Timulak. “There was no question.”
Because the cannonballs are active and sensitive to certain conditions like heat and impact, crews called the Pittsburgh Bomb Squad immediately.
“They verified that they were in fact UXOs, unexploded ordnances,” said Timulak.
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The Arsenal II construction site was formerly part of Allegheny Arsenal, which manufactured and provided supplies to the Union Army during the Civil War. This wasn’t the first discovery made in recent years near that site.