Someone Tried to Recycle a Civil War Cannonball

Michigan's Kent County recycling center evacuated Tuesday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2020 10:40 AM CDT
Someone Tried to Recycle a Civil War Cannonball
Don't put these in the recycling bin.   (Getty Images/Scott F Smith)

"DO NOT RECYCLE CANNONBALLS." That was the message from a county commissioner in Michigan on Tuesday after a Kent County resident tried to, well, recycle a cannonball. Grand Rapids police evacuated the county recycling center just after noon Tuesday after finding a live cannonball believed to have a percussion-cap-style detonator, reports the Detroit Free Press. The 6-pound munition, initially mistaken for a shot-put ball, came from the Civil War, according to the Department of Public Works. It noted "the [ordnance] was safely removed" by the Michigan State Police bomb squad. Commissioner Phil Skaggs reminded residents to "follow the instructions on how to recycle" in an amusing Facebook post. If you do find a cannonball, "call your local law enforcement and stay away," per WXMI. (More cannonball stories.)

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