Suspicious Device Was Part of Geocaching Game

Security guard spots device near tree

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Grant Stinchfield

    Dallas-Fire Rescue responded to a call about a suspicious device near Prestonwood Boulevard and Belt Line Road Sunday morning, but the device turned out to be part of a game.

    DFR said they were called by a security guard who said he saw someone tying a canister to a tree near an office building at about 9 a.m.  When the guard approached, the person took off.

    The guard then called 911.

    The bomb squad was eventually called out and they determined the device posed no threat and was part of geocaching game -- a real-world scavenger hunt where participants keep track of their progress online.

    Typically, those setting up the hunts do so with the permission of landowners.  DFR said that was apparently not done in this case.

    "While we don’t want to discourage anyone from participating in what they feel to be a fun activity, we would encourage them to abide by all the rules so as to not create a panic as in this case. Simply staying around and explaining the game to the security guard could have possibly resolved the entire situation," said Jason Evans, with Dallas Fire Rescue.