Locksmith Selling Firemen’s Key Ring on eBay Alarms New York Officials

New York city public offices, including FDNY and the mayor’s office were alarmed as news of a retired locksmith, Daniel Ferraris from Union City, N.J., selling firemen’s key rings to a New York Post journalist.

The key rings could potentially wreak havoc on the city if fallen to the wrong hands; according to the New York Post, the key set "would allow control of virtually any elevator in the city, could knock out power to municipal buildings, darken city streets, open subway gates and some firehouse doors and provide full access to 1 World Trade Center and other construction sites."

Despite Ferraris mentioning in his eBay listing that the keys were no longer functional, the FDNY and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office are still taking steps to address the incident.

Daniel Ferraris, the 69-year-old retired locksmith from Union City, N.J., sold the set of five keys to the "undercover" reporter for $149.95.

According to the paper, three of them were standard-issue keys given to members of the New York fire department (one had a metal dog tag embossed with an FDNY lieutenant’s shield number) and one was an all-purpose "1620"—a master firefighter key that, as the Post described in an alarming tone, "could trap thousands of people in a skyscraper" with one turn…

In his eBay listing, Ferraris wrote that all of the keys were "OBSOLETE and have Not been in use in years."

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/locksmith-keys-ebay-fdny-nyc-141712706.html

  • New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio believes that the sale of the keys endangers public safety, adding that this incident could jeopardize the efforts on counterterrorism.
  • It is interesting to note that there are thousands of vintage keys for sale on eBay, but there is a lot of media attention to this incident.

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