The cannons of the British warship H.M.S. Hussar were last fired more than 230 years ago. But on Friday, the NYPD discovered that one such cannon on display in Central Park was actually loaded and could have theoretically gone off at any moment. While examining the cannon for cleaning, park workers removed its concrete capping, only to discover a cannonball the size of a melon and one pound and 12 ounces of gunpowder wrapped in wool inside the barrel. “In theory you could have fired that cannon, because the powder was still working,” the NYPD’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, told The New York Times.
How did a loaded Revolutionary War cannon end up in Central Park?