What price is freedom? The box is getting smaller. A simple game.
Geocaching is a good past time, and we have used containers ranging from ammo cans to prescription vials. PVC pipe is used as an inexpensive, waterproof container, but I can see how it could be confused as a suspicious object. Algonquin probably isn't the biggest hot spot for terrorists.
I agree. Algonquin in your post, but I'm not sure what you mean. (New York? ) East cost ? Wouldn't that be a hot spot?
Geocaching has been around 15 years or more. Do you ever worry about being “protected” by a bomb squad that doesn’t know what a Geocache is? Right off I can’t think of anyone with a higher professional reason to know.
Algonquin IL is a western suburb of Chicago; 40 miles away from downtown. Who's to say a disgruntled citizen wouldn't place something next to a busy intersection? Those things are supposed to be labeled. And the city requires a permit sticker to be attached. Although easy to construct, a PVC pipe might not be the most innocent-looking container choice.
I'm a geocacher myself in the Chicago area and our local club is talking about this. Word is that the inexperienced geocacher who placed it was advised by another that it was too public of a spot to place that. This was only the second geocache s/he had hidden. Hard lesson to learn, though.
I guess then, that anytime you see a piece of painted PVC pipe (probably sealed on both ends) near a public building just ignore it because it's only part of a game.
Better yet, paint a label on the PVC pipe saying "this is a geocache & not a bomb". That would solve all the panic.
... That would solve all the panic./quote]
I doubt that. Terrorists can be expected to mark their bombs the same way (rather than marking them "this is a bomb, not a geocache"). Sadly we now live in a country that if you build a little plastic box with a blinking red light on it, the authorities will assume that you have constructed a bomb (even though no real bomb would have a flashing red light on it).
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