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They Opened Time Capsule 50 Years Later, Got a Shock

There was nothing in it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2019 11:21 AM CDT
Updated Aug 25, 2019 10:17 AM CDT
Putting the combo on the back of the safe was maybe not the best idea.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Officials in a New Hampshire town are trying to figure out how a recently opened time capsule from 50 years ago has nothing in it. Library director Cara Potter in Derry tells WMUR that since she started there five years ago, the safe has been sitting on a shelf. Before that, it was kept at the old municipal building in town. The combination was on the back of the safe. Potter said it took several tries to get it open recently on the 50th anniversary of when it was sealed in 1969. But it was empty.

No one has a list of what was originally put inside, though the Union Leader reports it's believed a film reel featuring interviews with local officials and a driving tour of Derry was thought to be in the safe. Others speculated there were items related to astronaut and Derry native Alan Shepard. Officials said they have no idea who could have opened it and taken the items. Some are wondering whether anything was ever put in the safe in the first place.

(Read more time capsule stories.)

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