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Live cannonball brings visit from GBI bomb squad

A bomb disposal unit from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was in Barnesville Thursday morning after a local man expressed concern that an old cannonball might be live. He was right. John Gilbert of Thomaston Street told investigators the cannonball was an heirloom that had been in the family for years. Upon examaning it closely, he became concerned that it might be live. The GBI bomb unit arrived and removed the old shell. X-rays revealed that it still contained black powder. More on this story in the 1.27.2015 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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