Avalanche Triggered by Utah Officials Caught on Camera

Authorities in Utah triggered an avalanche on January 2, in Wasatch-Cache National Forest, just east of Salt Lake City, to clear a dangerous buildup of snow high on a mountain slope.

John Gleason, a public information officer at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), posted video of the avalanche, which was triggered in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The canyon sees hundreds of avalanches every year, most triggered by the UDOT. Natural avalanches in the area have previously caused road closures.

“The control work [UDOT crews] do is critical to the safety of everyone traveling in the canyons,” tweeted Gleason. Credit: Utah Department of Transportation via Storyful

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