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Hurricane Matthew turns up Civil War-era artifacts in South Carolina

Robert Nicotra braves the wind and rain along the beach on the Isle of Palms, S.C., as Hurricane Matthew approaches, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

FOLLY ISLAND, S.C. (TheBlaze/AP) -- A bomb squad is at a South Carolina beach after Hurricane Matthew apparently unearthed old Civil War cannonballs from the sand.

Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Maj. Eric Watson said in a news release that the cannonballs were found on Folly Beach on Sunday afternoon, but bomb squad members couldn't get to it immediately because of the rising tide.

Once the ocean level went down, Watson says technicians went in and detonated the explosives. He warned residents might hear a small boom.

“We call it ‘rendering safe’ and we did that right there on the beach front,” Watson told the Charleston Post and Courier. “They’re putting the dirt from the detonation back in the hole and they’re transporting the device to [Joint Base Charleston].”

The first shots of the Civil War were fired at nearby Fort Sumter in 1861.

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