An unexploded avalanche control device was discovered near Peak 7 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 today, August 31, 2022 between 11AM-2PM near the top of Peak 7 in the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
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.
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.