I know the 'bomb squad blows up suspicious package, later found out to be geocache' stories are nothing new, but there was a story that came out of Dayton, Ohio a couple of days ago that made me smile.
Geocaching scavenger hunt causes bomb scare
After determining the package was harmless, police signed notebook, left a toy and put it back where they found it.
Friday, August 25, 2006
MONROE — A geocaching scavenger hunt caused the evacuation of residents and businesses Wednesday night as a bomb squad investigated a "suspicious package." The intersection of Main and Elm streets in Monroe was a bustle of activity while Monroe police and fire crews and the Butler County Sheriff's Office Bomb Unit responded to the Monroe Historical Society, 10 Elm St., where a resident reported at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday that suspicious-looking subjects left a package outside the building.
"Police did find a package. It was in some bushes and covered with duct tape," said Monroe dispatcher Mike McKinney. The Butler County Sheriff's Office Bomb Unit took a digital X-ray of the cylinder, which revealed a notebook and small trinkets typically left by people on geocaching scavenger hunts.
Monroe police Chief Greg Homer said what the resident saw was the "tail end" of activity of someone in the dark leaving something in the bushes. "They didn't see the person write their name in the notebook and leave a souvenir," Homer said.
After determining the package was a geocaching prize, the police also signed the notebook, left a toy badge as a souvenir and put it back in place, he said. Ann Mort of the Middletown Convention and Visitors Bureau contacted police to tell them geocaching prizes have been placed throughout the area to bring people to Butler County.
The entire block around the building at Elm and Main streets was evacuated for about two hours. //