Mar 5, 2014 4:48 PM by David Randall

Dynamite discovery closes I-70 in western Colorado

PALISADE, Colo. (AP) - A stretch of Interstate 70 in western Colorado is closed as authorities remove several pounds of old dynamite found on a property nearby.

The highway closed in both directions for two miles between Palisade and Clifton.

KKCO-TV reports that authorities are concerned that if the dynamite detonates if could dislodge some rocks from the Book Cliffs - the tall, sandstone rock formations that run along the highway in the area. The Grand Junction Bomb Squad is working to minimize the chance of an explosion.

There's no estimate on when the highway will reopen. Drivers are being routed onto U.S. Highway 6 instead.


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