Civil War explosives
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA- Utility company workers will soon begin removing 74 metallic objects found in the Congaree River that may be possible Civil War munitions left over from when U.S. General William T. Sherman attacked Columbia in 1865.
Consultants recently discovered evidence that indicates the munitions were seized from the Confederates and were dumped in the river.
South Carolina Electric & Gas says contractors with experience handling explosives will supervise the work and any ammunition that pose a risk will be blown up.
The issue surfaced since SCE & G has to remove coal tar that oozed into the river decades ago from its power plants.