Gun powder and a cannon ball were found inside a 18th Century cannon that had been on display at the Central Park Conservancy, New York City police said.
The discovery was made Friday during routine cleaning of the cannons, the NYPD said. Residual gun powder was spotted after a piece of rust was removed in the morning from the cannon, exposing the cannon ball, cops said.
Authorities were summoned shortly before noon to remove the gun powder and make it safe. The cannon came from a British Royal Navy Ship, the HMS, circa 1763 to 1780.
A spokeswoman for the Central Park conservancy said she had no comment.
Packing material, gun powder and a cannon ball are occasionally found inside cemented cannons when they are X-rayed during routine cleaning.
A car crashed into a building on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning. At least eight people were injured, three in serious condition, according to FDNY officials.
A car jumped the curb on 2nd Avenue and East 4th Street in the East Village on Wednesday morning injuring eight people. Witnesses say the Nissan was traveling at a high speed before it took out the store front, trees, bicycles, a light post and a fire hydrant.
Riders should anticipate some changes but "near normal" service on the Long Island Rail Road for the morning rush. Crews have been working to repair tracks and switches after Monday's derailment.