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Rock Hunting is Fun But Be Careful

Rock hunting has become a summer pastime in Colleton County. Many children are out on the sidewalks hunting on a daily basis. When Rhonda Howell started her Facebook page Walterboro SC Rocks she never expected to have almost 1300 members in such a short time. “ It’s just grown from there and it’s amazing how many wonderful people I’ve met just through a simple act of painting and hiding rocks with the hope that it will bring a little happiness to someone’s day,” said Howell. A post on that page was put up last week at the request of The Colletonian publisher to ask hunters for any safety tips they had for other that were out hunting. Listed are some of those responses.

 

“When hiding rocks, try to keep them out of the path of lawnmowers and weed eaters. I would hate for a child or a bystander to get hurt by a flying rock.”

“Put them in places children can easily reach… not too high where they could get hurt trying to get it. And also watch to make sure there’s no fire ant piles or anything like that around!”

“ Best tip is to make sure your children, especially during dusk, are wearing bright or reflective clothing.”

“Buddy system. Always have a buddy/adult with you and watch and be careful of your surroundings. Be considerate and leave rocks and don’t take all the rocks you find. Let others enjoy the search and find as much as you do. Children don’t fight over the rocks. There are plenty out there to find and be nice to each other and enjoy the time your spending with the adults that take you.”

“Always stay in a group and report anything suspicious. Look before you take a rock. They may be on the ground under a bench or bush, but so can a spider or a snake. We’ve had reports of finding rocks in or near ant beds, too. Always be careful when crossing a street. Main Street is a popular place for rocking, but it is also notorious for speeding cars and the parking makes it hard to see pedestrians crossing.”

“Don’t hide in stores unless they want to participate. Banks are not allowed due to security.”

“I see a problem on Main Street, some people are rock hunting while driving.
Not only is it causing some traffic issues, I have seen kids jump out of moving vehicles to get rocks, despite their parents telling them not to. Don’t rock and drive.”

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