UXO does not belong in your basement!

Some people have a blast collecting antiques, but one Civil War relic could have caused a big bang of its own.

The Portland, Maine, bomb squad was dispatched to a home this week, after a man called about a Civil War-era cannonball in his basement.

Authorities say the homeowner did the right thing.

The cannonball had been in his family for years but it turns out the artifact was filled with gunpowder.

The Portland Press Herald reports the bomb squad safely detonated the antique cannonball in a rock quarry.

From NBC2 News

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