Wedding reception ruined by geocache

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Geocaching is supposed to be a harmless game in which techno-savvy treasure hunters use Global Positioning Devices to find trinkets hidden in remote locations.


But a weekend trek for hidden "treasure" under the Tybee Pavillion turned out to be anything but harmless.

Whoever hid a geocache there decided the best waterproof container would be a pipe with two end-caps. Problem is, that's exactly what a pipe bomb looks like.

The pier and surrounding beach were evacuated. The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Bomb Squad was called in, and a wedding reception that was supposed to take place on the pier was canceled.

Ashley and Simir El-khoury, of North Royalton, Ohio, were married near 18th Street on Tybee around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

When they arrived at the pier, authorities told them they couldn't celebrate as planned because a bomb might be ticking just below them.

Christine Hrapko was surprised to learn her son and daughter-in-law's reception was spoiled by treasure hunters.

"What? That's just crazy," she said. "Our minds went to the worst while we were waiting. We thought maybe someone didn't want us to have a nice reception because we were Northerners."