Suspicious package that evacuated Missouri Walmart was part of geocaching game
11:02 PM, Jun 20, 2012
6:39 AM, Jun 21, 2012
MARSHALL, Mo. - A suspicious package reported at a Marshall, Mo., Walmart caused authorities to close the store and an area strip mall for nearly four hours - and call the bomb squad from Whitman Air Force base.
It turned out to a harmless part of an online game.
Officials were called to the Walmart at 855 S. Cherokee Drive shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sgt. Roger Gibson of the Marshall Police Department said Walmart security noticed two suspicious men in the garden area of the store.
After the men left, security checked outside a guardrail area and noticed a cylindrical object wrapped in tape.
They called police, who then evacuated the store and a few nearby businesses, and called the Whitman unit.
The Ordnance Disposal Unit arrived on scene about 8:30 p.m. and checked the item with a robot.
The item turned out to be a harmless item that was part of a geocaching game,
which is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other players.
A K-9 unit was also called in to search the store and outlying area.
The store was re-opened just before 10:00 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
Officials are working to look at surveillance video and contact those involved.