POLICE BEAT

Police respond to geocaching container mistaken for bomb near Best Buy

Posted July 19, 2011, at 3:33 p.m.
Last modified July 19, 2011, at 5:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 6½-inch camouflage tube with a wick sticking out looked like a large explosive, so people near Best Buy called police Tuesday afternoon to report a bomb.

“The bomb team did go out there but it ended up being one of those geocaching containers,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said just after the department’s bomb squad returned to the police station.

Geocaching is modern-day treasure hunting game that is played using a handheld GPS device, with treasure locations posted online using latitude and longitude.

According to geocaching.com, there are seven caches hidden near the Bangor Mall and others located across the street in the Bangor Parkade and on the Sylvan Road.

The initial call came into the police station just minutes after 1 p.m. and the bomb squad immediately was dispatched to 45 Bangor Mall Blvd. to investigate the suspicious package, the sergeant said.

The report was “there was an object wrapped in camouflage duct tape and it had what looked like a fuse,” Edwards said.

The container was located outside the big box electronics store, he said.

The bomb-style container was spotted by a shopper on a median strip between the store and the road, said a spokesman for Best Buy, who added that the store was not evacuated.

“It wasn’t on the Best Buy property and it wasn’t related to Best Buy,” he said.

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