Civil War relics cause of evacuation at Kennesaw State University

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2010) — As a precautionary measure, a single building on the campus…

Georgia (Aug 30, 2010) — KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2010) — As a precautionary measure, a single building on the campus of Kennesaw State University was evacuated at approximately 11:30 a.m. today, Monday, August 30, 2010. This evacuation involved the Social Sciences Building and its surrounding perimeter of 100 feet.

Some Civil War relics stored on the third floor were noticed as being a potential hazard, and as a precautionary measure, a building evacuation was ordered by the KSU Police, who in turn notified the Cobb County Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit and the Army EOD.

Once the Cobb EOD arrived on the scene, they removed the questionable relics, taking them into their possession, and issued an all clear to the KSU Police who notified the campus community it was safe to return to the building at approximately 1 p.m. Classes resumed at 2 p.m.

It has been determined that the relics included two cannon balls that were located in a display case within a card-key, access-only room. The relics have been on display in the building for approximately three years as part of a collection within KSU’s Center for the Study of the Civil War Era, following a donation from a private individual. A new administrative faculty member within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences which houses the Center raised concerns that were brought to the attention of KSU officials this morning.



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