funny story....bomb squad involved!

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  1. ja123182

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    last weekend, the road that my mom and dad live on was closed for like 5 hours for a supicious package. They had the bomb squad and the whole nine yards in on it. Turns out all it was was a geo cach. Someone planted a new cach in a tree werw they had permision, and someone reported them. Ans they were driving by I guess. You can read about it online on the argus press news website. Thought you might enjoy that. And if it ever stop raing I plan on trying to find it :)
     
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    I think that Geocacher's as a whole wouldn't consider doing something nefarious, however there is that percentage of folks out there that will "stir the pot" if you will. In fact I predict we will hear more of these types of stories as time wears on, unfortunately. Ever cautious...
     
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    Lucky they didnt blow up the geocache, Bombsquad often blows it then asks questions.
     
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    wow! well, that was exciting for your folks and their neighbors I bet!
     
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    Here's a funny bomb squad story.

    Posted: Monday, January 4, 2010

    The Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called Monday to investigate a suspicious device that turned out to be a geocaching find north of Castle Rock.

    Geocachers are hobbyists who employ coordinates and clues posted on the Web to find specific locations using global positioning system devices. The locations are usually marked with a symbol, trinket or note.

    The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office said a deputy was investigating a report of a suspicious car Monday morning when he came across a microwave tucked into a tree near Hog Island, which is along the Cowlitz River near West Side Highway. The appliance appeared to be plugged in, said Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig.

    The deputy called in the bomb squad, which arrived around 1:30 p.m., Rosenzweig said. In a statement issued Monday, the bomb squad said it used a jet of water to remotely open the microwave's door. Inside it found a Tupperware container with a geocache sticker.

    "The WSP bomb squad understands that geocaching is a worldwide hobby, and we would ask that all geocache items are properly marked with the green geocache organization sticker on the outside container," the statement said.

    Rosenzweig said he'd never heard of the bomb squad being called because of a geocache find, but geocaching Web sites include plenty of similar accounts. In September, the Colorado Springs bomb squad blew up what was later thought to be a geocache find at a community college, according to the blog Geocaching for Tomorrow.

    Geocaching.com, a Web site where geocachers post clues, said Monday's discovery along the Cowlitz River was the work of GeoMimi55, an artist who lives in Cowlitz County. The Web site did not include GeoMimi55's real name, and she declined to provide it. Geocachers are known to keep their identities private.

    In an e-mail to a reporter, GeoMimi55 said she prides herself on "making creative caches for others to find." She said she painted the microwave to blend in with its surroundings, then hid it in the hollow of a maple tree near the river.

    "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a microwave plugged into a hollow tree stump would be mistaken for a bomb," she wrote, adding that Monday's events will be the talk of the local geocaching community.

    "I will never live this event down," the e-mail said. "I am sure that the story will be told over and over about the grandma who was mistaken for a tree bomber."
     
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    Now the terrorists know how to disguise their bombs to make them seem less dangerous.

    This is a funny story though. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Hah I thought the same thing, then I figured it would not be a problem if they ask all terrorists to mark their bombs, IED's and other makeshift weapons of destruction with proper IED Al queda organization sticker.
     
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    It would appear that nobody asked them selves what a microwave would be doing in a tree, and what would someone hope to blow up by placing said microwave in the tree.

    Had a suspicious package in our local park early one new years day. Wife, dogs and I were the only ones in the park. After calling the dogs to me and letting the wife poke at it, we determined it probably wasn't a bomb. So, appearing safe, I went to investigate. It was a box of guinea pigs that had been abandoned. Blind male and expecting female. They went home with us.
     
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    I need a tourniquet, I'm biting my tongue so hard. :(
    The person I feel most sad for is the person who reported this, and who has become so paranoid and fearful, that they see a terrorist behind every tree...in this case literally.
    Beware. This is the same person, and mentality, that will be reporting YOU for "suspicious behavior" the next time you're whittling, or boiling water in a tin can.
     
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    Yeah, out with the common sense, in with the paranoia. Unfortunately, geocachers enjoy many of the same remote or out-of-sight areas that criminals, transients, drug dealers, litterers, etc. do. I have read a couple of stories about cachers finding bodies while looking for finds.

    I myself have come across plenty of used drug paraphernalia, garbage, and miscellaneous junk. And we aren't talking about the big city here -- we're talking remote areas along scenic rivers and whatnot. It really is a shame.
     
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    What is so stupid about this to me is that a Terrorist wants to blow up lots of people not a single person in the middle of the woods, Maybe the Terrorist hates trees and stumps???:33:
     
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    There is talk of this sort of thing on geocaching.com. They understand that some places that were "safe" when the cache was placed that might become haunts for unsavory folk later. They want folks to report things like paraphernalia, and other hazards. If they see a site becoming unsafe, it will be "unregistered", so searchers aren't put at risk.
     
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    A guy on our local Bomb squad is an avid cacher. He said he often checks the Geocaching site when they are called to a suspicious package to make sure its not a cache.
     
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    If I was the Bomb Squad Guy I would of signed the log book and thought Woohoo! FTF!!

    Homer Simpson Moment here!
     
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    that's funny:4:. thanks for sharing.
     
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    This happened to me once. I was detained for 2 hours until the police worked it all out. The road and adjacent park was closed down for almost 3 hours. This is why I don't like urban caches.
     
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    LOL!
     
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    Never put your cache in a pressure cooker.
     
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    That's the part that gets me...I mean seriously? It wasn't that it was a microwave, but that it looked like it was plugged in?
     
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    I ran across a cache signed by the local drug enforcement officer in a small town in Georgia.
    They thought it was a drug drop by the number of folks coming by to lift the lightpole skirt...

    A parking meter in the middle of the woods wouldn't draw attention, would it?
     
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    Only 2 kinds feed off of paranoia. Those wishing to cause it and the media wishing to profit from it.
     
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    I have got to ask what was the deputy smoking? Looked like it was plugged in? Yeah, unless Verkstad was right; what in the place of eternal punishment was it plugged into?
     
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    That's hilarious!
     
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    This was the first thing I thought of when I read the OP. I hope they did!
     
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    Believe or not, many cops have a sense of humor.
     
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    I was detained for 3 hours by Police. I was out hitting caches in several parks in the South Chicagoland area, seems that one of the earlier ones I found drew suspicion and ended up having a bomb squad called out. A person gave my plate number to the cops and they contacted me by phone. First they called my home phone and my wife gave them my cell number. I was told to return to the park I was just at for questioning. Little did I know they were at the first park I hit, so I went to the last place I was at...the fourth park that day. because I didn't show up where they were at, they became irritated with me as though I was BS'ing them. It took about an hour for us to figure out what was happening and we finally met up. well, I stayed put and they showed up armed to the hilt because they thought I was emplacing explosive devices. The cache they found was a fake inground lawn sprinkler which was wrapped in electrical tape and anchored down with a piece of wire. I guess it looked like a pipe bomb to them. These boys had no sense of humor at all. They kept calling the cache container a "device". When I showed them my GPS with all the caches in the area they almost flipped out. One cop looked at me and said " you mean these are all devices out there!", after I explained the in's and out's of geocaching things lightened up a bit.

    I wasn't concerned too much of their reaction. Back in my military days I used to teach a mines and booby traps defence class and I understand how critical the whole situation can be, especially now a days with the terrorism scare going on. These guys must have thought that they uncovered and major terrorist cell out to blow up every park in the chicagoland area. The cache owner was pissed at me for not being more stealthy, she had lost her cache container...big whip! This is just one reason I gave up geocaching, things are getting way to stupid. If they are in the woods I'll go after them, I stay away from the parks, parking lots and other urban ares.
     
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    You had me at bomb squad...:4:
     
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    Friend of mine is on the Sheriff's Bomb Squad.

    Suspicious package behind bushes at city hall.
    Bomb squad blew it up.....

    Was several dirty diapers.....

    Boss said..."Did you get any evidence?"
    "Yeah... it all over the field".
     
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    One quick question: Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig mentioned that the MICROWAVE, although tucked into a TREE, appeared to be PLUGGED IN...my question is...what did it appear to be plugged into??? The tree??? If so where is the power source? Unless you can plug microwaves into trees to operate them and I just didn't know.
     
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    Finally, some intelligence!
     
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    People are funny about any wires. I used to have a rat trap switch made of white ceramic, with a brass trap hinge, at the top was a black plastic knob. I ran red and blue wires off the 4 contacts under the top tool box and above the bottom one, all to nothing, as a gag . People would freak out just at the site of a switch. It made no difference that the trap could be up centered or down LOL No one wanted to even get near that tool box.

    So yeah if a plug was 'plugged' into a tree that's all it takes to freak some people out.

    ....................................................
    This thread is a riot !
     
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    So very true and hilarious!
     
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