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"Bomb" was just a geocache, man says

by GPS4US 2013-07-24 16:01
A geocache is at the center of a bomb controversy in western Washington.

It all began when Jay Byron and his grandson Marcos Sanchez went fishing in Lake Ballinger. The duo found a small tube made of PVC pipe, with both ends wrapped in camouflage duct tape. Not sure what the item was, the pair called the Edmonds, Wash., Police Department, who closed the public boat launch and brought in the bomb squad, who deemed the tube a pipe bomb.

However, the man who says he planted the tube, Mountlake Terrace resident Doug Waterman, insists it wasn’t a bomb at all. It was a geocache he left with a pad of paper inside in late 2010.

“I spit coffee all over my computer when I saw the story,” Waterman told myedmondsnews.com. “Yes, it was mine. White plastic tube, white plastic end caps, covered in camo duct tape; has a geocaching log inside to sign and whatever trinkets, toys or et cetera people drop off and trade. That one has been found 88 times and has been there since October 15, 2010.

“In hindsight, that shape and style (of the) container was probably a bad thing.”

Authorities maintain the PVC pipe was a bomb, and won’t comment on the chance that someone modified the geocache. However, they also said they currently have no suspect in the case.

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