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Man arrested for repeatedly firing unloaded Civil War cannon at neighbors, police say

Authorities say a western New York man has been charged with harassment for repeatedly firing an unloaded Civil War cannon at the homes of his neighbors.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Brian Malta fired the cannon at neighboring homes in the rural town of Kiantone, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles south of Buffalo.

Deputies say the cannon was fired with only a powder charge and wadding. Police confiscated the cannon.

Officials say Malta had an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, but no details were released.

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

It couldn't immediately be determined if Malta had a lawyer.

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