A suspicious package, which turned out to be a geocaching-related item, prompted the response of a bomb squad and led to a road closure near Harvard, the sheriff’s office said.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 19700 block of Oak Grove Road in unincorporated Harvard.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Ellis said sheriff’s deputies received a call for a suspicious package in the area.
ComEd workers were in the area working when they found a package near a guardrail, Ellis said.
The package appeared suspicious and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene.
Oak Grove Road was shut down between Route 14 and Reese Road.
The bomb squad inspected the item and determined it was not an explosive device, Ellis said.
Officers believe the item was related to geocaching.
According to National Geographic, geocaching is a type of treasure hunt where people look for hidden caches using GPS devices.
Geocaching is considered a series of hide-and-seek games where hiders provide online clues for seekers.
Oak Grove Road between Route 14 and Reese Road was reopened around 5 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said.