You can never be too safe when it comes to bombs, so when construction crews uncovered an object that looked like a bomb in New York City, the best course of action was to call out the bomb squad. When the bomb squad arrived on the scene, they went to work to determine just how dangerous the unearthed object was.

It turns out, it wasn’t too dangerous at all, because it was an innocent time capsule that was buried in the 1980s.

Unfortunately, this time capsule was poorly planned and executed, as the contents of the capsule were damaged by water over the years.

The capsule was a keepsake of mementos and letters from 1985 from the former nightclub, Danceteria. The nightclub shut down in 1986, so it was only a matter of time before somebody found the capsule. Typically, when capsules were buried in the ground, the idea was to schedule a date in the future to dig them up and look at them decades from the time of burial to get a glimpse into the past by future generations.

But this news has me wondering just how many time capsules that have been buried over the years have actually been dug up as planned, and how many are dug up accidentally, like this one in New York City? Perhaps accidental retrieval is part of the plan for some of these capsules too.

[Paleofuture/Photo: CBS 2]

About Kevin McGuire

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