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
A bomb containment unit was called in Friday to investigate, but the odd-looking piece of metal was determined to not be a mine, but instead a DIY anchor:
Fire officials said they got a call about the possible device in Newtown Creek, off Grand Street in East Williamsburg shortly before 1 p.m. Chopper 4 showed a heavy emergency presence at the scene; a bomb containment unit was also spotted.
Within about 90 minutes, the item was determined to be a homemade boat anchor. No injuries were reported.
Sea mines are self-contained explosive devices put in water to destroy submarines or large surface ships. Like land mines, they’re left wherever they’re deposited until they’re triggered by a vessel that touches or, in some cases, approaches it.