- Workers at Ground Zero unearthed last night a buried
treasure of gold, hidden for weeks under the ruins of the World Trade
- As a small army of federal agents with shotguns and
rifles stood guard, city cops and firefighters packed two Brink's armored
trucks with the lode, sources said.
- The sources said the gold was found in a delivery tunnel
under 5 World Trade Center.
- "They are taking gold out of there right now,"
one source said last night. "They've brought in extra
- It wasn't immediately clear how much gold was recovered
last night ó or exactly how much was buried under the complex after
the Sept. 11 attacks.
- The Toronto-based Bank of Nova Scotia has said its vault
under 4 World Trade Center alone held more than $200 million in gold and
silver. Bank spokeswoman Pam Agnew didn't immediately know if any of that
gold was found last night.
- Other companies are believed to have lost untold gold
and valuables in the disaster.
- For the last couple of days, construction workers
directed by the feds ó had been clearing a delivery tunnel that
runs under the complex.
- Officials finally got to the gold through that tunnel
yesterday, after workers hauled out a 10-wheel truck, several crushed cars
and mounds of debris.
- No bodies were recovered during the operation.
- As workers inched closer to the gold yesterday,
began restricting access to the north side of Ground Zero and FBI and
Service agents joined cops and firefighters at the site.
- "If I tried to go down there, they would have shot
me," said a construction worker shooed away from the tunnel.
- A handful of heavy-machinery operators and other workers,
under the watchful eyes of more than 100 armed officers, built and graded
a ramp into the delivery tunnel.
- A small bulldozer knocked down a wall inside the tunnel,
and a Brink's armored truck drove in just before sunset.
- It came out about 7 p.m. with the first load of gold,
sources said. A second truck entered the tunnel a short time later and
also was loaded with gold before leaving.
- A handful of construction workers were held over from
the day shift, which ends at 7 p.m., to help.
- "They sent most of us on our merry way," said
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