The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was called to a forested area northeast of Woodland on Sunday for a suspicious object that turned out to be part of a prop high-tech treasure hunt for hobbyists, authorities said.
Geocaching is a sort of treasure hunting hobby. Participants use global positioning devices and coordinates, usually published on websites, to track down objects hidden in specific locations.
The suspicious-looking aluminum container was found attached to the back of a state Department of Natural Resources sign at Davis Peak Road and Little Kalama River Road, said Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Charlie Rosenzweig. He said it was unclear who reported the device, which looked like “a military style grenade.”
The bomb squad was also called to a geocache site north of Castle Rock in 2010.
Rosenzweig implored geocachers to mark their sites to avoid alarming law enforcement officers and the public.
“There were no markings on this thing — and it clearly looked like a bomb,” he said.