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Washington County man digs up Civil War-era round

A Washington County man digging a hole to plant a tree in his backyard unearthed a 3-inch Civil War-era round Thursday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said.

The round, which had never been fired, was identified as a 3-inch Federal Navy Schenkl, with its fusing mechanism still intact.

Fire Marshal officials said J.D. Taylor, of the 17000 block of Powell Road in Sharpsburg, found the round and turned it over to authorities. The round was safely disposed of, the fire marshal's office said.

The office says finding unexploded military rounds is not uncommon in Maryland.

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