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UDOT Suspends Use of Howitzer Cannon in Provo Canyon

UDOT Suspends Use of Howitzer Cannon in Provo Canyon

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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Department of Transportation has suspended use of its Howitzer Cannon in Provo Canyon for the remainder of the season.

The announcement follows an investigation into last month's incident in which an avalanche control shell missed its target and exploded in the back yard of a Pleasant Grove home.

UDOT Suspends Use of Howitzer Cannon in Provo Canyon

No one was injured in the explosion, but there was property damage.

U-D-O-T's investigation found there was a breakdown in procedures. U-D-O-T Deputy Director Carlos Braceras says he's confident that the incident would NOT have occurred if procedures were followed properly.

The Department will take disciplinary action against the two employees involved.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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