An unexploded avalanche control device was discovered near Peak Six in Breckenridge, CO, yesterday, according to a Facebook post from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).
UNEXPLODED AVALANCHE CONTROL DEVICE FOUND
An unexploded avalanche control device was found and will be detonated on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m. near the top of Peak 6 in Breckenridge.
This detonation may sound similar to explosives used in avalanche work during the winter months. Do not be alarmed. There is no need to call 911.
The device will be detonated this morning (Thursday) at 10 am. The blast will be audible in the town, but officials warn people not to be alarmed and not to call 911.
In 2019, CDOT revealed that they had launched more than 1,500 avalanche ordinances that season, of which 22 had failed to explode.
Ski resorts and transport departments use explosives during avalanche mitigation work. Avalanches can be triggered by throwing explosives manually, either in location or from a helicopter, or can be detonated remotely from a Gazex system that uses propane-powered blasts to trigger controlled avalanches.