FBI: Explosive Device Found Near Steamboat Ski Resort, CO Chairlift

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Stock photo of an explosive device.
Stock photo of an explosive device.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office are reporting that an explosive device was found at noon on October 7th, 2015 on the ground near the Pony Express chairlift at Steamboat ski resort in Colorado. 

The FBI and Rout County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for the person responsible for that explosive device.

Officials are not currently releasing any details about the explosive device due to the ongoing investigation.

Steamboat ski resort, CO.
Steamboat ski resort, CO.

Deputies were called to Steamboat ski area at noon on Oct. 7th to investigate reports of a suspicious device near the Pony Express chairlift.  Deputies located the device that resembled an explosive when they arrived on the scene.  Jefferson County Sherrif’s Office bomb technicians responded and “rendered the item safe.”

“We would like to encourage citizens to be attentive and use caution if a suspicious device is found.  We believe it may have been thrown away there but not placed in that location to injure anyone.” – Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said in the news release

Steamboat ski resort, CO trail map.
Steamboat ski resort, CO trail map.

Officials are not releasing who found the device.  The device was found on the ground near the ski lift, not attached to the lift.

“It wasn’t intentionally placed to blow up the ski lift,” FBI spokeswoman Deborah Sherman said.

After the device was found, other areas at the ski area were searched by the FBI and police.

“That was definitely an extensive process over a few days period of time, and there were no other devices found” – Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said in the news release

Birch is encouraging the public to stay far away from any suspicious devices found and to report them to authorities immediately.

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