Don’t freak out if you’re in the Savannah area tomorrow and you hear a loud explosion.
The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Bomb Squad, with support from Fort Stewart’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, will conduct a controlled explosion of a civil war-era cannonball landmine found at an excavation site near Broughton and Barr streets on Tuesday, according to a press release from the police department.
The explosion will take place at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Police will begin blocking streets around 8:30 a.m.
The area between Broughton and Barr streets and East Broad and Bay streets are asked to evacuate. Surrounding businesses and schools are asked to shelter in place until an all clear is given. The process is expected to impact traffic for at least two hours.
Areas encompassed in the following perimeter are impacted:
- Bay to Price Streets
- Houston at Bay Streets
- East Broad Ramp at River Street
- Oglethorpe Avenue at East Broad Street
- Broughton at Houston Streets
- St. Julian at Houston Streets
- President at Houston Streets
- President Street at Westbound Truman Parkway
Citizens in the area should expect a loud explosion, according to SCMPD. Pedestrians and spectators will not be allowed in the perimeter or the surrounding area. Police urge citizens to exercise caution and patience during this process. Citizens can also expect heavy traffic delays in and about the area.