GeoCache causes temporary shelter-in-place order in Dickinson

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Dickinson Press File
(Dickinson Press file photo)

A shelter-in-place order was issued by the Dickinson Police Department around 8:30 a.m. on Monday, after authorities confirmed the presence of a suspicious “cylindrical object” attached to the Department of Transportation yard’s chain link fence in northern Dickinson.

"There was unusual/suspicious cylindrical object found attached the chain link fence of the DOT shop/yard located in north Dickinson this morning,” Capt. Joe Cianni said in a statement to The Press. “Due to the makeshift objects appearance and in practicing an abundance of caution, business in the vicinity have been asked to shelter in place...please use alternative routes when travelling this morning.”

Employing an abundance of caution officers shut down pedestrian and road traffic on 21st St. West from Sims to 3rd Ave West as authorities sought to resolve the issue. After investigation by the Dickinson Police Department it was determined that the object was a GEOCache frequently used for cyber scavenger type hunts.

Businesses were permitted to re-open around 11:30 a.m. according to Dickinson Police.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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