Cannonball display caused ruckus at Dayton VA

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – It was a historic cannonball that caused the ruckus near the Dayton VA Medical Center Wednesday night.

The VA says a veteran with explosives expertise spotted a cannonball in a display case and asked officials whether it was active or not.

The VA called police and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bomb squads to investigate as a precaution.

The device was safely disabled at the base.

Historians believe the cannonball was originally part of a display in the 1800s.

The cannonball was discovered buried on campus 15 years ago and added to the Dayton VA lobby display last year.

The VA says in a news release, “The purpose of the display is to teach Veterans about our history as one of the three original “soldiers’ homes”, a precursor to VA hospitals today, as authorized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Due to the historic relevance of our campus, the Dayton VA is currently a candidate to become the official site of the VA’s National Archive.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s