Bomb squads successfully detonated Civil War-era cannon balls uncovered on a beach near Charleston after Hurricane Matthew ripped through the area. Charleston County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that the majority of the ordnance were successfully detonated, but a few were transported to the nearby Navy Base.

Maj. Eric Watson, a public information officer with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, said the cannon balls were discovered early afternoon on Sunday, though high tide prevented officials from recovering the cannonballs initially. “We had to wait until after seven for the tide to go down,” Watson said. “When the tide receded our guys and members of the U.S. Air Force explosive team used a small amount of C-4 to detonate the cannon balls right there on the beach.” READ MORE