Dispatchers in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. get a lot of strange calls, but the one they received from the Norregaard family ended up with police, fire, and Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) responding.
After living in the home for 18 years, the family decided to get their chimney cleaned professionally and the chimney sweeps discovered a Civil War era cannonball.
At a Christmas party, a family friend and physicist mentioned the cannonball could still be live and recommended the family contact authorities.
After returning from vacation this past week, that’s exactly what they did – leading to the aforementioned response by local fire, local police and the Fort Belvoir, Virginia-based 55th EOD Company is part of the 192nd EOD Battalion, 52nd EOD Group, 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), the U.S. Defense Department’s only formation that combats chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats around the world.
The cannonball was taken to Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, confirmed to be live ordnance and destroyed by the Army for public safety.
In 2014, EOD Soldiers conducted more than 2,000 explosive mitigation missions around the nation, both on and off military installations.