If you heard a loud explosion near Ken’s Lake in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 8, it was a detonation of dynamite by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) bomb squad, in conjunction with Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
The dynamite was discovered on Friday and reported to GCSO on Saturday; it was found in a cardboard box at a field in the area of Cactus Road and Desert Road, near the Moab KOA campground. Grand County deputies responded to that area and made contact with the reporting party.
According to a press release from GCSO, the deputy reported he was shown a cardboard box that contained approximately 20 pounds of dynamite and the box appeared to have been in that area for about a month.
WCSO was contacted since they have a team that can dispose of the dynamite. The team arrived on Saturday evening and neutralized the explosives by pouring diesel fuel on the container and dynamite. The container was later transported to the area west of Ken’s Lake and was destroyed using other explosives
GCSO is currently investigating the ownership of the dynamite to determine how it came to be at that location.