11:44 am - Sunday September 24, 2017

Munitions to be destroyed “in place” on Green Mountain

Explosive munitions found earlier this week on the north slope of the Green Mountain open space will be destroyed on Friday, Dec. 21. The munitions were located earlier this week by contractors for the Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program using an innovative technology designed to identify potential buried munitions. The technology identified several items that were dug up in the test area by the contractor on Tuesday of this week. Five of the 10 items unearthed contain residual explosives and will be destroyed by detonation on Friday.

The munitions will be destroyed at approximately 2 p.m. The items will be placed in an area surrounded by sand bags and detonated. The explosion likely will produce a muffled boom followed by a small puff of smoke.

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program is the Department of Defense’s demonstration and validation program for environmental and energy technologies. The program was established in 1995 to identify and demonstrate the most promising innovative and cost-effective technologies and methods that address the department’s high-priority environmental requirements. Projects conduct formal demonstrations in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

This project is a collaboration of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Defense, also working with the Colorado Army National Guard and the City of Lakewood.

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