High-Tech Game Brings Out Bomb Squad

High-Tech Game Brings Out Bomb Squad


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(Roy-AP) -- Reports of a man placing a red tackle box under a bridge near an air base brought traffic to a halt while a bomb squad investigated.

But the man was only a player in the high-tech game of geocaching.

The incident began about 2:45 p.m. yesterday near the Hill Air Force Base gate in Roy. Someone saw a man walk toward a canal bridge, pick up a red container and then place it back under the bridge.

Police Sergeant Mike Elliott said the tackle box contained toys and trinkets placed there by geocachers.

They are electronic adventurers who use global positioning system equipment to find other players' caches from the latitude and longitude coordinates posted on a Web site.

A player tracking down a cache takes an object from it, leaves another in its place and records his find on a logbook in the container.

A warning message has now been posted on the www-dot-geocaching-dotcom web site suggesting that locating a cache near a base might not be a good idea.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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