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Report: Man charged after firing unloaded Civil War cannon

A Civil War-era cannon on Sailors Creek battlefield near Farmville, Va. (Larry Morris/The Washington Post)

A resident of a small rural town in western New York has been charged with harassing his neighbors by repeatedly firing his unloaded Civil War cannon at their homes, according to an AP story.

The Chautauqua County sheriff’s office told reporters that the man, 52-year-old Brian Malta of Kiantone, was firing the cannon with only a powder charge and wadding.

Authorities said Malta had an ongoing dispute with his neighbors. He was charged Wednesday with three counts of harassment and three counts of menacing. He posted a $2,500 bail and was released from county jail, according to the story.

However, his cannon did not go home with him. Police had confiscated it.


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