BOZEMAN (AP) – A bomb squad from Malmstrom Air Force Base has disposed of a 12-pound cannonball found in the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman.
Museum executive director Bill Jones found the fused cannonball packed in cotton inside a wooden box stored in the museum's vault. A note inside said it was found by a rancher in 1923 but first fired by Fort Ellis soldiers during an 1898 skirmish.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports X-rays clearly showed an explosive core but analysis was inconclusive as to the stability of the cannonball.
Staff Sgt. Michael Muck decided to destroy it with a controlled blast, which was done Friday.