Geocaching, Geocaching Supplies, Geocaching Containers, Geocaching Labels, Geocaching News, MugglesSometimes those not familiar with Geocaching tend to overreact to the smallest thing.  They tend to find a threat in anything they don't understand.

If a geocache looks suspicious, or if the geocachers unwisely choose to make their cache look like a pipe bomb, then extreme reactions are understandable.  There was a recent scare at Outer Banks North Carolina that caused the police to evacuate homes and businesses, close a highway, and call a Marine Corps bomb squad to detonate a non-labelled geocache that looked very much like a pipe bomb.

Read the article and see pictures here:  http://outerbanksvoice.com/2011/09/14/marines-detonate-suspected-bomb-in-khd/

Looking at pictures of the geocache container, I completely understand that reaction.

However, usually I'm VERY patient with stories like this, and with people that don't understand Geocaching, but occasionally, a story like the one below, makes me seriously question some peoples intelligence.

On September 9, 2011, at Lions Parks in  Bremerton Washington, a little girl found a "black film container with a white substance inside". The mother, after inspecting the film container with the mysterious "white substance", thinking it was likely drug related, returned the container to it's original location, and alerted local police.

The mother was quoted as telling the police officer “I didn’t want anything to do with it.”

The responding officer retrieved the black film container, opened it, and discovered a piece of paper inside identifying it as a geocache. This geocache also contained three dimes.

The officer, clearly not understanding what a geocache was, confiscated the geocache, and entered it into evidence as "found property".  He did this because he didn't want to leave it in the park  because it may cause alarm for other parents.

Here are the questions I have:

If the mom picked up the film container, and saw the "mysterious white substance", was she not smart enough to identify that "white substance" as a piece of paper?  Seriously?

Was the police officer so bored that he wanted to do all the paperwork to enter a legally placed geocache in as confiscated evidence?  Did he really think that it was going to cause further alarm for other parents?

I'm surprised they didn't call in the bomb squad to detonate it.  They must really be sheltered in Bremerton Washington.

Read complete original article here:  (link opens in a new window)
http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/kitsap/pat/news/129954333.html

GeocachingSupplies.net always recommends that EVERY geocache container, be clearly labeled, visible from the outside, identifying it as a geocache.

If you don't have any waterproof geocache labels, use a CLEAR container, and firmly attach the geocache label to the inside, so it's visible from the outside.

I can't stress enough how important it is to use common sense when creating and placing a geocache.

Here are examples of appropriately labelled geocaches:
(click images to enlarge)

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Above image borrowed from:
http://www.runningandrambling.com/2011/04/adventures-in-geocaching.html

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Above image borrowed from:
http://geocachingcolorado.blogspot.com/2011/06/hiding-geocaches.html
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