All-clear after Buttermilk bomb scare | AspenTimes.com

All-clear after Buttermilk bomb scare

Joel Stonington
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” 5:30 p.m. ” Officials have declared an all-clear at Buttermilk after a search by the Grand Junction Hazardous Response Team on Tuesday afternoon revealed no bomb at the site of the upcoming Winter X Games in Aspen.

Members of the Hazardous Response Team found a 12-gauge shotgun and shells in the suspicious vehicle, a red SUV parked at the base of Buttermilk. A tip Tuesday morning led authorities to believe there might be a bomb in the vehicle.

Pitkin County Undersheriff Joe DiSalvo said the original call came in from a bank teller in Glenwood Springs who overheard a conversation. The teller was specific enough about the vehicle, and where it was parked, that law enforcement took the threat seriously.

The parking lot at Buttermilk, closed to the public for most of the afternoon, has been reopened.

The X Games are scheduled to start on Thursday.

For more on Tuesday’s bomb scare, see Wednesday’s Aspen Times.

” Authorities were still awaiting a bomb squad from Grand Junction, Colo. to check out a vehicle at the base of Buttermilk that is the focus of a bomb threat.

As of about 3:20 p.m., there had been no explosion at the site, where the Winter X Games are scheduled to begin on Thursday.

A parking area containing an estimated 100 to 150 vehicles has been closed off; those who have vehicles in the lot are not being allowed to access them, according to an Aspen Times reporter on the scene. The Aspen Skiing Co. has put out free food at the ski area restaurant, Bumps, for those who are stuck at Buttermilk.

Bus access to and from Buttermilk has, however, been maintained.

Most of Buttermilk’s base area parking has already been taken over by Winter X Games operations, but limited parking is available, including the parking set aside with those with special permits to park there during the X Games.

” An apparent bomb threat Tuesday has forced authorities to close off much of the base area at Buttermilk at Aspen, where preparations for the Winter X Games are in full swing.

Officials from multiple agencies are investigating a threat made by someone in Glenwood Springs that alluded to a “device” in a red car with out-of-state license plates, according to Pitkin County Undersheriff Joe DiSalvo. The threat came directly from an individual; it was not phoned in.

“The car was in-fact in the parking lot,” DiSalvo said. “We have the car.”

Though DiSalvo would not call the “device” a bomb, other sources said the current lock-down at Buttermilk was precipitated by a bomb threat. DiSalvo confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved.

The parking lot at Buttermilk, where ESPN’s Winter X Games 12 is scheduled to begin Thursday, is now closed to the public. Other parts of the base area of Buttermilk, including the Inn at Aspen, are also closed to the public until further notice.


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