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It Costs Thousands Every Time the Bomb Squad is Used

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Technicians operate the robot that is used to handle explosive devices. Technicians operate the robot that is used to handle explosive devices.
RICHLAND, WA- The Richland Bomb Squad costs anywhere from $2,300-$2,500 to respond to a potential explosive.

Why does it cost so much?  The bomb squad has a lot to take with them.  There is the specialized equipment, the vehicle, the robot, rigging kits, and at lease two bomb technicians to handle everything.

Their special robot cost about a quarter of a $1,000,000.

Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb said the bomb squad does not take any risks when it comes to responding.

"There's no way to know on a galvanized pipe with end caps whether that is a pipe bomb or whether that is a geocache or what exactly it is, but we've got to take the public and the technician's safety into consideration.  That's why we go through the procedures that we do," said Cpt. Cobb.

Cobb said they usually respond nearly 25-40 times a year, covering almost all of Southeast Washington.

The number of cases that were not actually explosives varies from year to year.

The device the bomb squad found Sunday in Kennewick was a geocache.  An object is placed inside of the geocache, or container and hidden.  The coordinates for the location of the object are placed online for people to find.

Police said they found a watch inside of Sunday's geocache.

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