All clear given, roads reopen after controlled explosion conducted in downtown Savannah

Controlled explosion of Civil War-era cannonball set for Wednesday morning
Published: Nov. 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 at 9:43 AM EST
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Map of the impacted areas. (Source: SCMPD)
Map of the impacted areas. (Source: SCMPD)
Second cannonball found at site in Savannah on Nov. 29th. (Source: Charles H. Morris and James...
Second cannonball found at site in Savannah on Nov. 29th. (Source: Charles H. Morris and James Byous)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Officials have given the "all clear" and all roads are back open in downtown Savannah after a controlled explosion of a Civil War-era cannonball was conducted Wednesday morning.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department's Bomb Squad with Fort Stewart's Army EOD conducted a controlled explosion at 9 a.m. of a Civil War-era cannonball found at an excavation site near Broughton and Barr streets.

According to SCMPD, the cannonball was found on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

This news comes the day after another controlled explosion of a cannonball found at the same excavation site.

The area between Broughton and Barr streets and East Broad and Bay streets were asked to evacuate. Surrounding businesses and schools were also asked to have a shelter in place until the all clear was given.

Metro began blocking streets to vehicular and pedestrian traffic around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Areas encompassed in the following perimeter were impacted:

  • Bay to Price Streets
  • Houston at Bay Streets
  • East Broad Ramp at River Street
  • Oglethorpe Avenue at East Broad Street
  • Broughton at Houston Streets
  • St. Julian at Houston Streets
  • President at Houston Streets
  • President Street at Westbound Truman Parkway

SCMPD warned citizens in the area that they should expect a loud explosion. Pedestrians and spectators were not allowed in the perimeter or the surrounding areas during the process.

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