Wedding reception ruined by geocache

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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."

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Dedicated
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Dedicated 06/15/07 - 07:39 am
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The Northern thing is a

The Northern thing is a pretty good analogy!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 06/15/07 - 08:26 am
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What analogy?

What analogy?

ThurstonHowell
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ThurstonHowell 06/15/07 - 09:10 am
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Yeah, what analogy dork?

Yeah, what analogy dork?

SilentJ
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SilentJ 06/16/07 - 09:29 am
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No one gives a flying flip

No one gives a flying flip where the wedding party was from,they were just dollar bills in the cities pocket!!

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 06/16/07 - 12:36 pm
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I love it! Yankees afraid of

I love it! Yankees afraid of Southerners at the beach--what a hoot! I wonder how these morons thought we would know they were Yankees just by looking at them. As if there weren't a gazillion Yankees down here already since the collapse of so many northern city economies and job markets.

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chinagrace 08/16/07 - 12:15 pm
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Hmm. I've seen geocache

Hmm. I've seen geocache containers of this shape before, but they aren't pipes with caps on the end. They are actual, green cylindrical cans from army surplus stores, usually with markings on them identifying what they previously contained. But, they do resemble a pipe with caps on the ends. Maybe the folks who found the geocache missed the big honking sign on the cache that explains what it is; or maybe it washed off since it was so near the ocean.
Regardless, I lived in Savannah for a number of years and the population is a) too laid back to care *where* people come from and b) very diverse anyways because of the Savannah College of Art and Design pulling in folks from all over the place.

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