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Here are a few photos of the multiple agencies at work during today’s incident. For more information about what happened during the incident please read the previous posts on this blog.
At 2:18 p.m., law enforcement on-scene in Palisade in the 3800 block of G 7/10 Road gave the official okay to re-open Interstate 70, in both directions. There may be a short delay with coordinating the opening of the Interstate near Palisade, but after 2 hours, the flow of traffic should be back to normal.
The Grand Junction Police Department Regional Bomb Squad rendered the dynamite safe, which was found on private property. This was not a criminal incident but rather a safety issue. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in this incident, along with Palisade Fire Department and Colorado Department of Transportation.
While some law enforcement will remain on-scene for a short time, the incident is complete and no further updates will be provided on this site for this incident.
*Posted by HSB*
** Updated detour information **
I-70 will be closed at exit 42 and exit 44. These exits are both of the Palisade Highway exits, more commonly known as the “Town of Palisade” exit and “east” Palisade exit.
****Media can stage at 3862 G 7 1/10 Rd.
Interstate 70 will be closed in both directions for the next 3-4 hours today between the Palisade and Clifton exits (mile markers 42 and 44). The Grand Junction Bomb Squad was called out to remove several pounds of old dynamite that had been stored on a property in the 3800 block of G 7/10 Rd. The property is near the interstate. Bomb Squad technicians are utilizing methods that will hopefully minimize the chance of an explosion, however the possibility still exits that the dynamite could detonate. Should that happen, there is concern that rocks from the Bookcliffs could dislodge and tumble onto the interstate. Because of that, the Bomb Squad consulted with C-DOT, and it was decided that closing the interstate during this process was necessary to ensure the safety of drivers.
The detour route for I-70 drivers will utilize Hwy 6 between the Palisade and Clifton exits.
Community notifications have been sent to nearby addresses as well as to those who have signed up to receive road closure information through the Community Notification System. There is no need to evacuate any addresses at this time.
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A small fire broke out in one of the operating rooms at Community Hospital at around 6:30am this morning (11/25/13). According to the Fire Department, the fire was started by an autoclave (sterilizing instrument) motor. While the fire produced a lot of smoke, the FD was able to put the fire out very quickly. The fire was contained to the point of origin (one OR).
Community Hospital staff handled the incident efficiently and effectively by immediately initiating a lockdown to secure all hospital doors so the fire could not spread. No patients were in the area at the time of the fire. The FD is estimating an initial damage to be around $25K.
Please contact me on my cell if you have any additional questions.
~ Karen Martsolf
HOSPITAL HAZMAT DRILL COMPLETE. A HUGE THANK YOU TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA FOR COVERING THIS EXERCISE!