WR_Treehugger Posted July 29, 2008 Share Posted July 29, 2008 FYI: Source www site: http://gordon.dewis.ca/2008/07/26/geocache...care-in-ottawa/ Geocache causes bomb scare in Ottawa July 26, 2008 @ 11:36 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Geocaching Thursday’s Metro Ottawa included a story that opened with the following: A suspicious package attached to a pole forced the closure of Riverside Drive and a section of Ottawa’s bus Transitway for several hours yesterday. That description made me think "I wonder if it was a geocache", so I popped over to the OttawaGeocaching.com forums to see if anyone had posted about it and sure enough, it looks like Dead End Cache (GC1DT9M), now archived, was destroyed by the bomb disposal robot. At least it was "not deemed hazardous". Pictures of the geocache from some of the logs show that it was a flat metal container with a green "official geocache" sticker on it. In other words, another opaque geocache container on a bridge reported to the police as "suspicious". While the hiding spot probably wasn’t the best choice (on a bridge over the Transitway), this incident probably could have been avoided if the container had been transparent. Chances are that the person who reported it to the police wouldn’t have been concerned about it if it was a Lock ‘n’ Lock full of trinkets they could see into, and even if they did report it to the police, the police would very quickly have been able to determine there was nothing dangerous in it without having to open it. Instead, the police ended up closing a section of the Transitway, and parts of Riverside and the overpass it was on for several hours, and paramedics, firefighters, the bomb squad and the Hazardous Materials Unit were tied up while it was being investigated. So, let’s start using more transparent containers. And, let’s stop placing geocaches in locations where people looking for it could be mistaken as doing something nefarious. Trackback URI | Comments RSS 3 Responses to “ Geocache causes bomb scare in Ottawa ” # 1 Ken Says: July 26th, 2008 at 12:23 Geocaching needs to be banned now, to prevent further chaos within the city limits. This just goes to show how careless and uncaring Geocachers are. hehehehehehe KIDDING! # 2 Squid Says: July 26th, 2008 at 21:08 Geocaching is going to GET banned if people can’t start thinking with their heads instead of their arses. I’m not even going to start with the container… Applying my security-guy point of view: 1. If it was hidden on a bridge it is ASKING for trouble. You don’t hide packages on bridges. Even before the 9/11 crap, it was a stupid idea to leave unattended packages on bridges. That just screams out “bomb”. Ditto for dams, power stations, outside police and fire stations, and any other kind of public structure that might seem to be an appropriate target for a miscreant with explosives. Common sense here… 2. It was on a transitway bridge, therefore it was on private property in violation of the geocaching guidelines. It shouldn’t have been approved in the first place. More to the point, the basic rule of “don’t hide on private property” applies in spades to the Transitway, so it probably shouldn’t have been hidden in the first place. 3. I absolutely concur about the transparent container thing. # 3 Squid Says: July 26th, 2008 at 21:10 And this time they didn’t blame it on me, like the last two. That will at least keep me from ranting out a geocache forum. Quote Link to comment
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