« Back to Finds Posted September 1st, 2012 by Carl

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Item Found: Unusual

Location: Oregon

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284)


September 1st, 2012

White's Electronics,

Although I usually find beneficial “treasures” and try to help people when I can with my metal detector, sometimes I find bad or downright dangerous things.

I once found a bag of cocaine—right there in a school yard. I’ve also found hypodermic needles in the schoolyards. I find open knives, such as hunting knives, in the play area where the swings are. I find broken beer bottles that kids have busted, and also rocks that kids have thrown. I pick all that stuff up so it will be safer for the kids and also so the lawnmowers don’t run over them.

One day I found a bag of marijuana. I had been using my metal detector at the beach and had found lots of coins, and I also found a man’s watch that day. Then I got a signal by some swings. When I dug in that spot I found a tobacco pouch that had a metal zipper on it. I saw that the bag was full of marijuana, so I sprinkled it over the ground and then threw the bag away.

When I dig, especially in public areas, I try not to leave big holes or any dead grass lying around. I often get to know the maintenance people and they soon know that the area will often be cleaner after I’ve been there. Such as, if I get a signal and dig down and discover it’s just a bottle cap, I’ll throw the cap in the trash and won’t just leave it on the ground.

I like to go to state parks where I’ve done favors for the maintenance crews. They’ll give me a map of their sprinkler system and mark the sprinklers that don’t work and I find the faulty sprinklers for them. It’s fun. And of course while I’m looking, I’m usually finding lots of coins, too!

-Carl, Oregon

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