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Geocaching Leading to False Alarms

Updated: Tuesday, March 5 2013, 08:44 AM EST
COLUMBUS — People in Central Ohio are enjoying the worldwide game Geocaching, but sometimes the treasures they hide are mistaken
for suspicious packages, and people have called 911.

That happened recently in Mansfield where authorities are considering filing charges but no one has ever been charged in Columbus.

Geocaching involves hiding a small packages with small toys, coins, or other items inside along with a sign in sheet to say you’ve found the treasure.

Whoever finds it signs in and can take something and pit something inside-then the package is hidden again-exactly where it was.

The fun is hiding it and finding it and trying to be the first one to locate it.

The Columbus Fire Bomb squad has been called to more than half a dozen runs involving  suspicious packages that turn out to be geocaches.

Geocacher Tom Rockhold tells ABC 6/FOX 28 he labels the treasures he leaves so that people know that it’s a geocache.

Columbus Bomb Squad Captain Steve Saltsman says that can make their job easier, but they still have to respond when something suspicious is found. 

He says anyone who finds a suspicious package should call 911.

Geocaching.com helps get people started and GPS Stash Hunt also helps.

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Reporter: Carol Luper
Web Producer: Kellie HannaGeocaching Leading to False Alarms


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