Civil War Era Explosive Detonated In Fairfield Thursday Morning

An Air Force Munitions crew  from Scott Air Force base in Illinois made their way to Fairfield on Thursday morning to assisted the Carnegie Historical Museum in detonating an explosive from the Civil War era. Curator for the Museum Stan Plum noticed a shell, part of their collection, that was leaking and contacted the State Fire Marshal’s Office as a precaution. After scoping the shell and determining that it was still possibly full of black powder, the Fire Marshall put Plum in contact with the Scott Air Force base. Their munitions crew detonated the shell along with around 4 pounds of C-4 in a 15 foot deep hole that was dug near the Wastewater treatment facility just before 11:30am, staying about 1,000 yards away to ensure safety.

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