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A 3-inch wide steel ball that was given to the Kensington fire chief turned out to be an explosive cannonball. (Contributed photo)

The shot heard 'round the county; live cannonball blown up in Kensington

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How dangerous could a 3-inch wide iron sphere be? Deadly when it's a live cannonball.

Kensington Fire Chief Joey Nessman had a cannonball sitting unobtrusively in his garage for three years. On December 20, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office bomb disposal unit counter-charged the explosive object.


"It blew up big," said Karin Anderson, Kensington Fire Department secretary.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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