Brian Malta Fired Unloaded Civil War-Era Cannon At Neighbors: Police

I do declare, this gentleman is the craziest neighbor this side of the Mason-Dixon.

Victims say 52-year-old Brian Malta, of Kiatone, N.Y., fired his Civil War-era cannon -- unloaded -- at their home. Malta says he was settling a dispute, like Stonewall Jackson fending off a Union phalanx from the gates to Manassas.

Nobody was injured when Malta began his alleged assault, using only powder charges and wadding. Still, he was charged with harassment and his beautiful replica cannon was seized, according to Buffalo News.

The barrage, which was heard miles away and lasted several days, harkens back to the Battle of Gettysburg, when the confederate army employed more than 150 cannons to mow down Union forces. Yet, in a classic tale of history repeating itself, the cannon did not win the war.

Police said that Malta had an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, but wouldn't reveal the details, the New York Daily News reports.

Malta was arrested on Wednesday and charged with three counts of harassment and three counts of menacing. He was released from the county jail after posting $2,500.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer, the Associated Press reports.



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