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The Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to Summit Middle School for a report of a suspicious device found Saturday afternoon.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 6, 2022
Contact: Christine Duplan, Public Information Officer
SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO REPORT OF SUSPICOUS DEVICE AT SUMMIT MIDDLE SCHOOL
SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – Today, at approximately 10:35 am, the Summit County Sheriff's Office responded to Summit Middle School for a report of a suspicious device that appeared to be a pipe bomb. A citizen playing pickle ball, observed the device outside the fence of the courts, near the school. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office deployed two different robots but were unable to positively identify the device. The area was evacuated, a safety perimeter was established, and the Jefferson County Bomb Squad was requested. At approximately 3:15pm, the bomb squad arrived and detonated the device, at which time it was discovered to be a geocache vault. Inside the vault was a note identifying it as “Geocache 3,” which could imply that there are additional devices out there, which may look similar.
Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons stated, “Today’s incident took a significant amount of time and valuable resources of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Frisco Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the Jefferson County Bomb Squad. With the recent school bomb threats sweeping the nation and here in Colorado this past week, geocaching participants should be sensitive of the types of vaults they are creating and the materials used to make them. No one should be making and planting devices that look similar to pipe bombs near school campuses for any reason.”
The public is encouraged to report all suspicious activity by calling the Summit County Communications Center non-emergency number at 970-668-8600.