Bomb Squad Hunts for Time Capsule in Astrodome

It's under all that concrete, somewhere
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2015 12:48 PM CDT
Bomb Squad Hunts for Time Capsule in Astrodome
A parking lot at the Astrodome is is lined with traffic cones July 30, 2014, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

It may not have the cache of century-old time capsules in Boston or New York, but the hunt is on for one buried somewhere beneath the vacant Astrodome in Houston. As the Houston Chronicle explains, workers buried it when they broke ground on what came to be known as the Eighth Wonder of the World on March 27, 1963. Nobody remembers where, however, which is why the bomb squad from the Harris County sheriff's department was at the stadium Thursday, poring over its concrete with ground-penetrating radar.

"It's definitely a good mystery," the historian for the Houston Astros tells the newspaper. It "has a Raiders of the Lost Ark type of feel to it." With the future of the dilapidated landmark in question, a local judge pitched the idea of getting the bomb squad involved last month before it's too late. As for what's in store for the Dome, backers are floating alternatives to demolition such as an indoor park. In the meantime, people can buy its old seats for $200 a pair at an online sale next week, notes the Houston Business Journal. (Click to read about the mystery "red book" found in Boston.)

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