Device detonated in Owensboro was a Geocache

Posted by Braden Walker - email

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Monday evening, Owenboro Police located and detonated a suspicious device near Gabe's Tower.

According to Marian Cosgrove with the Owensboro Police Department, the device was actually part of an internet-based game known as "Geocaching."

According to the web site geocaching.com, the game is described as a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices.

Geocaching's basic premise is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, and then log them using the geocache web site.

OPD Investigators have determined that there was nothing hazardous in the container and
there was no threat to public safety at any time.

An online search conducted by OPD revealed that this particular container has been hidden since 2007 and over 65 geocachers have located the item.

A search of the same web site revealed numerous other locations for geocaches in the
Owensboro area.

These containers may cause alarm if located by members of the public.

Investigators warn that all suspicious containers should not be assumed to be a geocache, and in fact, they could potentially be hazardous.

The general public should still contact police anytime a suspicions container or device is located.

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