Cannonball display caused ruckus at Dayton VA

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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.”

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