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‘Geocache’ prompts bomb squad inquiry; road closure

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A suspicious package located by the Tahoe Douglas County Bomb Squad on Friday turned out to be part of a GPS treasure hunting game.

Bomb squad personnel located the package duct taped to a pipe at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe during a walk through of the casino around 3:30 p.m., said Sgt. Jim Halsey.

Law enforcement personnel closed Highway 50 for about 25 minutes while personnel x-rayed the package to determine its contents, Halsey said.

Deputies determined the package was a “Geocache.”

Geocaching is an activity where people post the coordinates of a container or “cache” online. Others then seek out the cache, writing their name in a guest book and sometimes leaving a trinket in the container for others to find.

The cache found Friday was turned over to Harrah’s security following the bomb squad’s response to the package, Halsey said.

Halsey encouraged future participants to refrain from taping caches to pipes or a building’s support structure because law enforcement personnel will consider them suspicious.

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