Saturday, July 30, 2011

Guffaw

I guffawed while watching the news.  I was just about to change the channel, because I was being affected too deeply by all the bad news:  Wildfires burning down houses, fatal car accidents, and fatal shootings.  Then IT appeared on the screen:

A large ammo box with familiar looking spray-painted symbols.  Just as I was about to say, "That's a geocache," there was huge BOOM as it exploded.  The Reno Bomb Squad blew it up, because someone reported it as a suspicious container.  They showed all these little toys and trinkets inside and I burst out laughing. 

I know.  It's kind of sick to laugh so hard over the destruction of a geocache, but considering all the frustration that my geocaching hobby has brought to me, it was good to see one of them exploding.  The Reno police publicly "spanked" geocachers for planting a geocache out in the open where it can scare mistrustful citizens.  Despite the wasted use of public resources, I'm sure the Bomb Squad was happy to finally have an assignment where they could practice their skills in a real-life scenario.  Hopefully, all future jobs will be just as innocuous as this one.  

9 comments:

Jeni said...

That is pretty funny!

Mikey said...

I know it's wrong, but I laughed too. Guess these days you can't be too careful about anything. I don't pick up any water bottles, lest the be the kind that blow up (youtube tutorial on how to make those). But yeah, I thought those boxes were marked, so people would know what they are. I suppose after Afghanistan and Iraq and all the IEDs, we're a lot more suspicious in this country than we used to be.

fernvalley01 said...

after al your frustraton with GeocchesI am not surprised you laughed! Sad that soiety has turnd thet al unusual items are to be feared o suspected

lytha said...

*lol* i trust this particular geocache did NOT say "This is a Geocache" on it?: )

you said it had the symbol on there - i would thing that by now the cops and bomb specialists know this symbol!

i guess if a cache, coin or travel bug of mine got blown up, i would have to laugh about it.

lytha said...

according to the people who'd found it, it did not say "explosives" on it - that is something the press would say. it was "hidden" in plain sight for 5 years. amazing.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

crazy!!

I wonder if that geocache owner will ever find out what happened to their box?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Lytha - That's interesting. I went out and looked at the articles, and this box was chained to a light pole in front of a restaurant for 5 years. People were familiar with it. It had the geocaching symbols on it. Even some police officers in the area knew of it and were geocachers. However, someone recently wrote "High Explosives" on it, or the news or bomb squad reported it that way.

lytha said...

nm, that is exactly what i found out too, and i really wonder. i suppose it's possible some hater wrote something on it to attract a removal, and yes, the cache owner knows. he said, "RIP cache!" he seemed very amused. i hate that the police could not communicate with the bomb people to tell them it's ok. i really wish our country had better communication. i know that a first responders system went into place after 9/11, and i know this because i stumbled onto one of their experiments and almost got into trouble! i'm glad that police and fire are connected now, but i think police and bomb people should be too!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

After me and a fellow local letterboxer keep having issues with geocachers being careless with our boxes and/or taking our hand-carved stamps as trinkets to keep, because they fail to read anything inside our boxes...which always say, "THIS IS NOT A GEOCACHE - DO NOT TAKE THE STAMP!!!" I am just fine with a geocacher having one of their boxes exploded. beh!

~Lisa