Police blow up suspicious package found near Peekskill tracks

Police and the county bomb squad blew up a suspicious package that was found near the Peekskill train station this morning, which turned out to be non-threatening.

The package was spotted near the train tracks on Main and North Water streets at around 10 a.m. Nearly 20 employees from the Hudson Valley Umbrella Factory were forced to evacuate a nearby building as emergency crews assessed the situation.

Witnesses say the package looked like a plastic pipe bomb with no fuses attached. Police say it had apparently been sitting there for weeks until someone stumbled upon it this morning and called 911.

Investigators say the package was actually a piece of a game called Geocaching. The game is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game in which players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

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