The Explosive Way Colorado Clears Snow From Mountain Passes

By Andrew Liptak on at

This has to be one of the more interesting ways to clear snow. In Colorado, US, road crews have a unique way to pre-emptively take care of snow build up in mountain passes: a World War II era 105-millimetre howitzer cannon that they lease from the US Army.

The crews use precise shots to create avalanches, clearing steep slopes of snow in a controlled fashion. Crews then go take care of the snow that comes down, leaving the roads safe for travelers. That’s gotta be a fun day on the job. [4Kob]