Deputies find and detonate a suspicious device near the college

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report Saturday of a suspicious device that looked like a pipe bomb at a local college.

According to SCSO, a person playing pickleball near Summit Middle School noticed a device near the school at 10:35 a.m.

The sheriff’s office arrived at the college and deployed two different robots that could not positively identify the device. As the aircraft could not be identified, the deputies evacuated the area and established a security perimeter.

The Jefferson County bomb squad arrived on scene at 3:15 p.m. According to the SCSO, the demining team managed to detonate the device and discovered that it was a geocache safe. Inside the safe was a note calling the device “Geochace 3”. MPs believe the note implies there could be additional devices.

The note found in the Geocache Vault. (Photo: Summit County Sheriff’s Office)

“Today’s incident took up a lot of time and valuable resources from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Frisco Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol and the County Bomb Squad. of Jefferson,” Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. “With the recent school bomb threats sweeping the country and here in Colorado last week, geocaching participants need to be sensitive to the types of chests they create and the materials used to make them. No one should making and planting devices that look like pipe bombs near school campuses for whatever reason.”

The report follows a widespread closure and evacuation of the Colorado Community College System on Friday after several schools closed due to a threat.

If you notice suspicious activity, we encourage you to call the Summit County Communications Center non-emergency number at 970-668-8600.

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