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Why Didn’t the Cannon Just Go Off On Its Own?

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You know, the way assault rifles do.

CBS- Loaded Revolutionary War-Era Cannon Found In Central Park

A dangerous and historic discovery was made in Central Park on Friday afternoon.

“This is an amazing surprise. It was there for so many years and people were sitting on it when it was a loaded cannon,” Moore said.

This artillery piece was given as a gift to NYC back during the Civil War, but when workers recently removed the concrete that had sealed the 230-year-old cannon, they found that it was loaded with a cannonball and gun powder. (Photo: CBS 2)

That’s right: the loaded cannon was on public display from the 1860s until 1996 when the Conservancy decided to bring it indoors to protect it from vandalism. It was donated to the park about the time of the Civil War.

The finding was a shock to everyone involved, including tourists using the park Friday afternoon.

“Something like that, it’s surprising to be overlooked,” Denise Night said.

“It seems like some people are pretty incompetent not to notice after all these years,” Steve Night added.

In fairness, it never occurred to anyone that the cannon, which is said to be at least 233 years old, would still pose a threat. The field piece was already more than 90 years old when it was donated to the park, apparently by someone who’d salvaged it from a sunken British frigate in the East River. It was put on display at the park, and capped with concrete. No one even considered the possibility that British sailors had loaded and sealed it before their ship went down.




  1. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 12th, 2013

    At least, it wasn’t a loose cannon. :evil:

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  2. Anti-tyrant Weapons

    January 12th, 2013

    Keeping one in the chamber is a long held tradition in America.

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  3. norman einstein

    January 12th, 2013

    Has Prissy Morgan called for a ban on parks yet?

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  4. Joe Danby

    January 12th, 2013

    Obviously they’ve never seen “Support Your
    Local Sheriff”


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  5. Lowell

    January 12th, 2013

    “In fairness, it never occurred to anyone that the cannon, which is said to be at least 233 years old, would still pose a threat.”

    Nope,nope nope. ANY competent curator of relics would have assumed the thing was loaded until proven otherwise. This just illustrates the ubiquity of the idiots in places of responsibility.

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  6. CrustyB

    January 12th, 2013

    A cannon? I thought the Founding Fathers couldn’t conceive of weapons more powerful than muskets.

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  7. super toe

    January 12th, 2013

    I am sure it could be used on a float for the next gay pride parade. Bloomingidiot would approve.

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  8. Loaded Gun

    January 12th, 2013

    All weapons should be treated as if they are loaded. But.
    Liberal elitists would not know that.

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  9. Tim

    January 12th, 2013

    You never know what those dastardly things are thinking … lying in wait for 233 years until ???

    Bwa ha ha! Heeee hee hee!

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  10. Major Mal function

    January 12th, 2013

    It can’t explode. The potassium nitrate would have dissolved in seawater almost immediately.

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