EUGENE, Ore. -- An Interstate 5 rest area south of Eugene was closed over the weekend for a suspicious package that later turned out to be a geocache, police said.
Officers were called Sunday night to the report of a suspicious ammunition can hidden in a tree at the northbound Gettings Creek Rest Area, said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation was notified and an incident response worker at the scene helped OSP troopers close the rest area until the object could be inspected, Hastings said. A Eugene police technician then responded and determined it was not a threat.
The can was part of an activity called geocaching, in which people use their GPS units to find hidden treasures.
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Oregon State Police urge anyone involved in geocache activity to use transparent containers and clearly label the container's exterior as a geocache, Hastings said. 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.
The rest area was reopened within an hour.