There are seemingly endless below-the-belt puns that could be made after about half a stack of cannon balls went missing from Military Park, 200 E. Broadway. 

But it is not a laughing matter. Vandals tore apart a stack of cannon balls in the city of Newton's oldest park.

When found, the city parks department collected all of the loose armaments and took them out of the park.

"[Vandals] broke the balls and kind of rolled them away," said Erin McDaniel, public information officer for the city of Newton. "The parks department gathered them up so they did not get stolen or be subject to other mischief."

According to the city, all balls are accounted for and in possession of the city.

Parks staff will wait for warmer weather and greener grass to return the cannon balls to the park and weld them back together.          

"They do not want to risk sparks and a grass fire because it is so dry right now," McDaniel said.     

The park is also home to an 1880 locomotive, a Civil War Unknown Dead Memorial and a Civil War Cannon. "Skipper," a sculpture commemorating the International Year of the Child, is located at the northwest corner of the park.                   

The 4.44 acre park surrounds Newton Public Library.