Interstate reopened after dynamite incident near Palisade

Interstate 70 is back open in both directions between Palisade and Clifton after the Grand Junction Police Bomb Squad was called to a home near Palisade where dynamite was allegedly found earlier today.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the property, located in the 3800 block of G 7/10 Road, is some 650 feet from Interstate 70, so CDOT closed I-70 between mile markers 42 and 44. Traffic was rerouted around that stretch of highway on U.S. Highway 6.

Authorities said Bomb Squad technicians used methods to remove the dynamite that would minimize the chance of an explosion. Officials were concerned rocks from the Bookcliffs could dislodge and tumble onto I-70 if the dynamite was detonated. That concern prompted the Bomb Squad to consult with CDOT and the closure of I-70.

The closure began at 12:30 p.m., but the highway reopened just after 2:30 today.

Read the full story in the Thursday edition of The Daily Sentinel.


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