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Latest Geo-Bomb Scare Avoidable, Says Official

Yesterday’s geo-bomb scare in Texas could have been avoided if the player involved had just explained their actions, an official says.

According to TV channel NBC 5, the Dallas Fire Rescue department responded to a report of a suspicious device in the city’s far north on Sunday morning, but the mystery object turned out to be geocaching related.

DFR said it was alerted by a parking building security guard who saw someone tying a cannister to a tree near an office building at about 9am. When the guard approached, the person fled in their car.

The guard then called 911. Bomb squad members later identified the device as a geocache.

Department spokesman Jason Evans said the incident might have been avoidable, if the person who placed the package had stuck around to explain the game.

“While we don’t want to discourage anyone from participating in what they feel to be a fun activity, we would encourage them to abide by all the rules so as to not create a panic as in this case. Simply staying around and explaining the game to the security guard could have possibly resolved the entire situation.”

Evans was unsure if the player would face any sort of penalty for the scare, as “the game is legal”. However, he did point out that the cache owner had not sort permission to hide their cannister in the parking lot near Prestonwood Boulevard and Belt Line Rd.

To avoid a similar situation, It’s Not About The Numbers suggests investing in explanatory Muggle Cards. These can be purchased at most geo-stores, though our favourite is the Geocaching Trail Cards sold by Groundspeak for US$2.99 per set of 25 (or at local webstore Geocachers NZ, where five cards cost $2.50). Alternatively, you can print your own using a free download by Scrivner or the Let’s Go Geocaching brochure from Geocacher University.

2 comments

  1. GSV

    DFR said it was alerted by a parking building security guard who saw someone tying a cannister to a tree
    A new version of Eco-terrorist, blowing up trees? Yeah, that warrants a bomb squad callout. [facepalm]

  2. Lone R

    There’s a bomb squad bookmark list on geocaching.com. I went through the list and many (if not most, I haven’t been thorough the whole long list yet) are in a parking lot or within view of a parking lot. The list has convinced me that parking lots are not good places to hide or seek a cache. I hate confrontation and would be very uncomfortable being approached by security but I’ve learned from blog and forum posts that the best course of action is not to flee but to explain what geocaching is and to report the problem in the cache logs.

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