Unexploded Ordinance from the 1880s Found in Marin Headlands

An 1880's projectile found in the Marin Headlands with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Unexploded Ordinance from the 1880s in the Marin Headlands

Peter Gavette NPS

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News Release Date: May 8, 2015

Contact: Alexandra Picavet, 415-786-8021

 On May 8, 2015, the National Park Service working with US Park Police, the US Coast Guard and munitions experts from Travis Air Force Base, destroyed a projectile found near Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

This projectile was found by Danny Franco, Project Manager for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy while he was inspecting a site for a future project. He did not touch the potentially live and volatile explosive. He informed the National Park Service who called in the proper authorities to help dispose of this object in a safe manner.

The projectile, identified from an old military manual, is the kind that was fired from the 8" Rodman cannons at Fort Point located on the other side of the Golden Gate.It was not unusual for the military to use the Headlands for target practice in those days.

If you ever see any kind of ordinance; an old cannon ball, projectile, or flare, do not touch it. These may be old, but the explosives that made them deadly weapons in the past continue to make them dangerous today. You should leave the area, make note of where you saw the item and call proper authorities as soon as possible to report it. They will take the necessary steps to dispose of the item and make the area safe.

Last updated: May 13, 2015

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