The New York City Police Department bomb squad is investigating an explosive device found in a historic East Village cemetery today, and streets in the area are still blocked off.
The potentially deadly, military-grade C-4 explosives were found in a black plastic bag under a tree in the rear of the New York Marble Cemetery at East Second Street and Second Avenue, shortly before 11 a.m., according to police.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the device lacked a detonating component but that the explosive material was still deadly. He said it was still unknown when or how the device was placed in the cemetery.
Police found nearby the message, “I really hope one of you finds this” scrawled in chalk and a separate note that was signed “Jesus Christ.”
The incident is being investigated by the NYPD.