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Suspicious Object Leads to Brief Closure of I-5 Rest Area south of Eugene; Object Later Determined to be Geocache Container
April 29, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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The northbound Gettings Creek Rest Area along Interstate 5 about fourteen miles south of Eugene was closed Sunday evening while police checked a report of a suspicious object hidden in a tree. A Eugene Police Department hazardous device technician inspected the object which was determined to not be a destructive device but a Geocache container.
According to Oregon State Police Trooper Michael Berland, on April 28, 2013 at approximately 7:00 p.m., OSP responded to a reported suspicious ammo can hidden in the crook of a tree near the Gettings Creek Rest Area entrance along Interstate 5 near milepost 178. As a precaution, ODOT was notified and an Incident Response worker came to the scene and assisted OSP with closing the rest area until the object could be further inspected.
After arriving at the scene, a Eugene Police Department hazardous device technician inspected and confirmed it was not a destructive device. The ammo can was removed and the rest area opened about 8:00 p.m.
Oregon State Police Arson & Explosives Section urges anyone involved in Geocache activity to use transparent containers and clearly label the container's exterior as a Geocache. If responding hazardous device technicians have any doubts about a suspicious container, they will take all necessary safety precautions including destroying the container to render it safe.