Explosives at cemetery more than 13 yrs old

Photo of explosives found in a bag at New York City Marble Cemetery.

October 12, 2010 4:29:46 PM PDT
Police say the military-grade explosives found buried at a historic New York City cemetery are more than 13 years old.

It's still unclear who placed the plastic bag of C-4 at the foot of a tombstone in New York City Marble Cemetery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. A caretaker gardening dug up the bag in 2009, didn't realize what it was and left it. It remained until a volunteer saw it and called police on Monday.

The discovery caused a bomb scare and shut down the area until police determined it had no ignition and couldn't detonate.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Tuesday the explosives were tested at a police facility and did not have an identifying piece that all military C-4 were required to have after 1997.