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Crews rescue teen from abandoned missile silo near Deer Trail

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. – Crews rescued a teenage boy Sunday morning who was seriously injured after falling 30 feet into an abandoned missile silo near Deer Trail in Arapahoe County. According to the crew, he is expected to survive.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, it happened around 3:30 a.m. near 82000 E. County Line Road 22.

The sheriff’s office said a group of eight teenagers gained access to the silo’s entrance when one of them fell down a two-story shaft and through the underground complex, hitting twisted metal, broken concrete and standing water on hit the bottom.

The sheriff’s office said rescue teams entered the silo hours after arriving on the scene. They had to navigate an extremely dangerous underground maze before they could locate the 18-year-old victim.

The teenager was freed from the silo just before 9 a.m. and taken to hospital in critical condition.

The crew was able to rescue the victim’s friends who were in the tunnels with him. They appeared unharmed.

Around 10 a.m., a press conference was held by rescue crews who freed the teenager. They said this was one of the most difficult rescues they have worked on and underlined the dangers of these operations.

“It’s… it’s twisted metal, it’s collapsed bores, it’s chunks of concrete everywhere. It’s a confined space. There is standing water. It’s just a mix of collapse, confined space and vertical triangle,” said Sable Altura Fire Chief Rich Solomon.

Rescue workers had no map of the silo and lost communication with emergency responders for at least half an hour. They said they relied on the teen’s lights and screams to navigate what they called a “maze of tunnels.”

“Normally you have one kind of salvation. You have confined space rescues or you have high angle rescues, but these were all,” Solomon said.

Watch the full press conference in the player below:

Crews provide updates on missile silo rescue efforts

Crews from Sable Altura Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire and other agencies were on scene to assist with the rescue efforts.

There are six former Titan I missile complexes in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Titan I was a two-stage missile 30 meters long and designed to carry nuclear warheads.

The Colorado Titan missile sites were decommissioned in 1965 and the missiles removed. They have been abandoned for more than 50 years.

The silo where the teen fell, labeled One (2B), is on private property and is surrounded by a fence that appears to be damaged. Men were seen repairing the gate which had a ‘no trespassing’ sign attached to it.

The owner of the property told Denver7 he plans to press charges, which he said he has done in the past. His father bought the property sometime after the silo was decommissioned in the 1960s. He said it has been a “headache” to own ever since.

The other abandoned silos in Colorado are at the former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range east of Aurora, where there are four silos. The sixth is south of Elizabeth.

The CDPHE said it is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate and clean up the complexes, some of which have elevated PCB levels.

Crews try to rescue a teenager who fell into an abandoned missile silo near Deer Trail


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