At 8:50 a.m. Sunday morning, a security guard patrolling an office building near Prestonwood and Belt Line noticed a stranger tie a canister to a tree in a nearby parking lot. When the guard approached, the person jumped into his car and sped off, according to the Dallas Fire Rescue report.
Next thing you know, the bomb squad is surrounding the area to investigate the mysterious canister that someone obviously didn’t want anyone else to know was there.
As it turns out, the canister did not contain any explosive material, and no one technically broke any laws. It was all part of the online scavenger hunt known as geocaching in which participants use GPS coordinates to find a hidden cache, which contains a list of other people who have found it. There are more than 5 million players worldwide. It’s like a treasure hunt – just pick your location.
It could have remained an innocent game if the person had gotten permission from the building owners first, which is one of the official rules of geocaching. Or, the guy could have just explained the game to the security guard before fleeing. Lesson learned.