MUSC employee provides picture of Civil War round

Picture of the Civil War round discovered at MUSC's Horse Shoe.
Picture of the Civil War round discovered at MUSC's Horse Shoe.
Authorities tape off a section of MUSC after a Civil War round is found.
Authorities tape off a section of MUSC after a Civil War round is found.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An employee at MUSC says he was walking at the campus' Horse Shoe on Monday when he noticed something in a flower bed.

When he tilted the object over, he saw a fuse hole and immediately alerted public safety officials. The Charleston Police Department says what he found was a Civil War round (View the picture he took).

Charleston police arrived on scene and immediately closed the area to motorists and pedestrians until the Air Force could come on scene and take the shell away.

The Air Force explosive device team took the round away and authorities re-opened the area Monday evening.

Uncovering Civil War shells in Charleston is not unusual. During the war, the city was besieged by Union gunners for 567 days. Charleston has been bombarded more than any other city in the Western Hemisphere.

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