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Jersey City Hall safes finally opened to reveal...
Fox NY released a story on December 15th that described how Jersey City officials unveiled a big mystery this week by opening two old safes that were found in the wall of the mayor's office - except it was not what they were expecting.
Steve Fulop, the current mayor of Jersey City, originally found the safes and brought it to the city's attention, not knowing what could be contained within them. It turned out that after a locksmith spent 25 minutes opening one safe and one hour opening another safe, all that was in the safes was an extension cord. This find debunked many rumors about what could actually be in the safes.
Before the safes were opened, city officials said they believed the safes may have been in the walls for generations, and that the safes had not been opened for many years.
"We discovered the two locked safes inside of a vault in the mayor's office. We don't know when the safes were installed or what they were used for, but they are quite old and we thought it would be interesting to find out what may be inside," Fulop said, according to The Jersey Journal, at NJ.com.
According to Fox News, at the unveiling of the contents of the safe, the locksmith who was hired said the safes were probably installed between the late 1930s and early 1950s.
After the safes were found, city officials tracked down mayors from the past 30 years, and not one could say what the safes may have been used for or exactly when they were installed. The only lead officials came up with concerned a former mayor of Jersey City, Frank Hague.
Hague served as the mayor from 1917 until 1947, and according to rumors, Hague may have used the safes as a place to store the kickbacks he received from city workers while in office.
While no kickbacks or any other evidence supporting this hypothesis were found, the safes were most likely installed while Hague was in office and potentially could have been used as storage for kickbacks at the time.
According to The Jersey Journal, a locksmith professional arrived at City Hall Tuesday afternoon to crack the safes and solve the mystery once and for all. The safes turned out to be made by Mosler, a company located in Hamilton, Ohio.
Utilizing a professional locksmith company to open up these older safes ensured that the safes would be opened up slowly and carefully.
As an emergency locksmith in NYC, Safehouse Locksmith is a company that specializes in opening and cracking all types of safes, including Mosler safes. Safehouse Locksmith professionals find it to be of the utmost importance to make sure the contents of the safe, as well as the safe itself, are protected and not damaged while being opened - especially when they are dealing with older safes such as those the mayor found in his office.
The mystery of the two safes was solved Tuesday at City Hall, located at 208 Grove St. in Jersey City; however, for more information about opening or cracking safes, contact the locksmiths at Safehouse Locksmith at 1-888-886-4733.
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