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Civil War-era cannonball recovered from basement of Hollywood home

February 22, 2010 |  3:23 pm

The Los Angeles police bomb squad recovered an inert Civil War-era cannonball Monday in the basement of a Hollywood home, authorities said.

The discovery came nearly two decades after the same homeowner found similar military ordnance in his basement when he moved into the home in the 2900 block of Durand Drive, just east of the Hollywood Reservoir, said Sgt. Sal Ogaz of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The bomb squad was dispatched to the home shortly after 11 a.m. when the homeowner called police. Technicians recovered the cannonball and determined that it was safe, Ogaz said.

Ogaz said two cannonballs recovered at the home 18 years ago were blown up by the bomb squad.

-- Andrew Blankstein