A homemade anchor that was first reported to be a sea mine was discovered in Newtown Creek on Friday afternoon causing street closures, NBCNY reports. Sea mines are bombs used to sink and destroy ships and submarines; to prevent injuries, surrounding streets including the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge were shut down during the two-hour investigation.
FDNY was notified of a possible explosive device in Newtown Creek near Grand Street on Friday around 1 p.m. and a bomb containment squad was dispatched to the scene, according to NBCNY.
This thing caused a big scare for people in Williamsburg, #Brooklyn: The #NYPD‘s bomb squad responded to a possible sea mine near Newtown Creek. Turns out, it was a homemade anchor that washed ashore. pic.twitter.com/ZSY7SeG39d
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) March 15, 2019
The device was determined to be not a bomb, but a homemade anchor.