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dani_carriere



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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2010 9:27 pm    Post subject: Suspicious Packages Reply with quote

I'm not saying that these are geocaching related, but we just received this notification at the office. Reminder: No one should be hiding geocaches under bridges, especially those that are main arteries in a city.

Osborne Street bridge closed by police
By: Staff Writer
12/03/2010 3:01 PM |

WINNIPEG ó Motorists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the Osborne Street Bridge due to an ongoing police investigation.

The bridge is the second closed today by police. The Arlington Street Bridge was closed over the noon hour due to discovery or a suspicious package. The package turned out not to be explosive and the Arlington bridge has reopened.

The Osborne bridge will be closed until further notice.

Winnipeg Transit said routes 36, 60, 61, 75 and 76 are also being affected by the closure

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Pilotmounders



Joined: 24 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Mar 12, 2010 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know they're not mine if they are those kinda things Shocked Would a reviewer not see that the cache would be hidden will be under a bridge in a major city? I'm still learning how all this works & after hiding a couple they seem to do a good job locating where the area is.
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candaceandwill



Joined: 10 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither bridge closure was geocache related...
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Jimbo 2



Joined: 21 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be nice if they showed a picture of the object, or told us what it was.
Maybe the police should log onto Geocaching.com whenever a package is found so they can verify that it is or isn't a cache.
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candaceandwill



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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why?
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ertyu



Joined: 25 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jimbo 2 wrote:
Maybe the police should log onto Geocaching.com whenever a package is found so they can verify that it is or isn't a cache.


This is always mentioned, but can never happen.
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candaceandwill



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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly, it can't happen. The police can not disregard a suspicious package just because an anonymous person with an odd avatar on a website says it isn't dangerous...

Caching is the bane of police bomb squads everywhere. I completely agree with Dani's comments above.

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TurdleEggs



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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I realize these two bridge incidents werenít cache related, but itís a reminder (as Dani and Will have stated) that we should not be placing caches under major railway or vehicle bridges. It will result in further restriction and regulation of geocaching.

The idea of the police using geocaching.com to see if a suspicious package is a geocache sounds appealing, but would only work for the honest terrorists. Itís not reasonable.

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Shawnssica



Joined: 04 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Mar 13, 2010 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TurdleEggs wrote:
...would only stop the honest terrorists.


I'm misinterpreting that as meaning the terrorists would list their bombs as caches with less than appealing FTF rewards.
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glacier_ice



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PostPosted: Mar 15, 2010 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gives new meaning to the cache called BOOM! in Carman

I can imagine someone starting an account under 'Achmed, the Dead Terrorist'. LOL

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garium



Joined: 08 Aug 2009
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PostPosted: Apr 15, 2010 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shawnssica wrote:
TurdleEggs wrote:
...would only stop the honest terrorists.


I'm misinterpreting that as meaning the terrorists would list their bombs as caches with less than appealing FTF rewards.


That would make it a puzzle cache. You only get to log it if you cut the right wire and it doesn't explode
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ohmic



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PostPosted: Apr 26, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently skirt lifters can cause worries too!
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dani_carriere



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PostPosted: Apr 26, 2010 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ohmic wrote:
Apparently skirt lifters can cause worries too!


"About a dozen fire trucks from Anaheim and Fullerton were sent to the area. A hazmat team and the Orange County bomb squad were called to analyze the container, Martinez said."

A dozen? For a light post? I can see the bomb squad, hazmat team, and 1 fire truck ... but 12?!?

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MissionMode



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2010 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dani_carriere wrote:

A dozen? For a light post? I can see the bomb squad, hazmat team, and 1 fire truck ... but 12?!?


Yeah, 'cause you know if it's a bomb you want to make sure you take out the whole fire department when it goes off...
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candaceandwill



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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad because that's some really bad PR for geocaching. I am very surprised it doesn't happen more often.

Don't get me started on fire fighter jokes.... OK...

Q. How can you tell when a firefighter is dead????
A. The remote control slips from his hand.

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