Piece of History Found in Burkburnett

Published 02/26 2014 10:04PM

Updated 08/21 2014 11:17AM

One man's treasure, can be another's cause for concern and that was the case in Burkburnett.

"Well it's not every day you go to work and you find a cannonball," said Dwight DeMers.

DeMers was working recently on his oil lease west of Burkburnett when he stumbled across a cannonball.

It's thought to be from the Civil War, but made its way to Burkburnett during the days of Boomtown.

DeMers said, "The reason it was out there on the oil lease is because back in the teens whenever they have oil fires, the tanks catch on fire. This cannonball would be shot, explode, then snuff the fire out."

"Come to find out that it was a live round. They brought it in to the police department, we had to contact Fort Sill bomb disposal to come out to dispose of it," said Sgt. Scott Hogue with the Burkburnett Police Department.

The cannonball was surrounded by C4 explosives and detonated by the Fort Sill Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

After the soldiers were done with the cannonball, only three pieces remained.

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