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Stormy Weather Cache Hinders Bomb Squad

GZ: The crime scene as photographed by Boynton Beach Police Department.

While most officials on America’s east coast were readying for Hurricane Sandy, emergency services in Florida’s Palm Beach were dealing with the nation’s latest geo-bomb scare.

According to TV channel WPBF 25 News, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called to the neighbourhood of Boynton Beach about 12.20pm after a report of a suspicious device.

The Boynton Beach Police Department said a man walking his dog had contacted them after discovering what appeared to be a pipe bomb on a fence in a field near Meadows Boulevard and Heather Lake Drive.

Emergency workers inspected the device before later determining it was a geocache – thanks to the help of a mother picking up her children from school.

“Some neighbours had gathered after picking up their kids and said there was a pipe bomb,” local mother and geo-enthusiast Wynna Dunmyer told WPBF 25 News.

“And I thought, ‘Where is that? It must be close to the house.’ And they said it’s a black tube on the fence. And then that clicked into me that that’s a geocache we found a few months ago.”

Ironically given the current weather situation, It’s Not About The Numbers believes the hide in question is GC1JEM0 Stormy Weather 1, placed by geobeezo in late 2008. That’s the same year this Boynton Beach family – comprising a firefighter, teacher and student – began geocaching, though they haven’t logged into their GC.com account since February of this year.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater subsequently told the Palm Beach Post newspaper: “It’s the first we’ve seen of this real-world outdoor treasure hunt.”

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