‘Treasure Hunt’ Prompts Bomb Scare at I-90 Rest Stop

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LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — Authorities made an unexpected discovery Wednesday after a suspicious package forced the shutdown of a local rest area.

According to police, a truck driver saw someone throw a package behind a tree at a rest stop on Interstate 90 near state Route 44 in Lake County.

The rest stop was shut down while several law enforcement agencies investigated. The Lake County Bomb Squad was also called in.

Investigators eventually determined the package wasn’t a bomb; it was part of  a game called geocaching. Geocaching is a treasure hunt of sorts in which players use GPS devices to track down the prize.

“I would encourage anybody that takes part in the geocaching not to do this in a public place, because this is the result of it,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Troy Sexton. “A lot of manpower hours and money that was wasted here for nothing.”

No one was in danger at any time. Lake and Geauga sheriff’s deputies, Wickliffe police and the Lake County Bomb Disposal Unit all worked with the state patrol in the investigation.