Hurricane Matthew unearths Civil War cannonballs in South Carolina

This photo provided by by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Civil War-era cannonballs found Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, on a beach in Folly Beach, South Carolina (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A bomb squad was 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, but bomb squad members couldn't get to them immediately because of the rising tide.

Once the ocean level were to go down, Watson said technicians would make the area safe. He warned residents they could hear a small boom.

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