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Treasure-hunt package sparks bomb alert

May 13 2012
Captain Mike Toms puts his radio away, as RCMP, Military Police and Colwood fire attend the scene of what was believed to be an explosive device by the outdoor lacrosse box at the Juan de Fuca recreation centre. 

Captain Mike Toms puts his radio away, as RCMP, Military Police and Colwood fire attend the scene of what was believed to be an explosive device by the outdoor lacrosse box at the Juan de Fuca recreation centre.

Photograph by: Adrian Lam , timescolonist.com (May 2012)

A suspected pipe bomb that forced police to cordon off part of the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre Saturday turned out to be a device used in a GPS treasure-hunt game.

Emergency crews evacuated an area near the outdoor lacrosse box at the Juan de Fuca recreation centre in Colwood about 3 p.m. after a suspicious object was found in a tree.

The object looked like a pipe capped at both ends. RCMP, Colwood fire and military police attended, and the bomb squad in Vancouver was consulted.

"What it turned out to be was a geocache that had been poorly disguised," said West Shore RCMP Cpl. Bryson Hill. "Someone made the wrong decision on how to disguise it. Once you dismantle it, it was filled with trinkets."

Police cleared the scene just after 5 p.m.

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