SHARPSBURG, Md. - The Maryland State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad reported to an address in the 15000-block or Snyders Landing Road after a man said he found Civil War era weapons in his basement on Monday afternoon.
The homeowner told investigators that he was cleaning his basement when he discovered the items. He said he removed them from the home and put them in a secure area while he was waiting for authorities to arrive.
The State Fire Marshal's Office identified the weapons as a Civil War cannon ball and two Parrott rounds.
Investigators were on the scene for three hours. They said the weapons were secured for later disposal.
State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci said citizens who discover explosives should leave the materials alone and call 911.