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Making Monkeys Out of the Bomb Squad

A Lincoln (Neb.) Electric System worker spotted a “suspicious banana” hanging from a tree. The man called 911 to report said banana, and police and fire crews — and a bomb technician — responded. The crews waited 100 feet away and watched through binoculars as the bomb technician carefully checked and determined that the banana was actually a geocache — part of a worldwide online scavenger hunt with over 2.5 million caches hidden worldwide. Lincoln Fire Investigator Chuck Schweitzer said city bomb technicians have had similar calls through the years as geocaching has become more popular. “They see things that they just think might not be quite right and they do call them in,” Schweitzer said. (MS/Lincoln Journal Star) ...It must drive the bomb technicians — and the geocachers — bananas!
Original Publication Date: 22 February 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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