Music video caused Dillon Dam scare
DILLON, Colorado Some “suspicious activity” atop Dillon Dam turned out to be two men who said they were filming a music video, authorities say.
Summit County sheriff’s deputies questioned the men on Tuesday after they were spotted on foot on the 6,000-foot-long dam when the road was closed because of bad weather.
Summit deputies referred the case to the FBI, which determined the men were not a threat, Denver FBI spokeswoman Rene VonderHaar said. She said the FBI routinely gets involved when suspicious activity is reported around infrastructure or an airplane or a train.
The Denver Water Board, which operates the dam and reservoir, decided to keep the road closed at least until next week because of the investigation.
Deputies said the two men were cooperative and agreed to let deputies view the video they had shot and search their car, which they had parked at the dam’s east gate. The men were from Denver, but their names weren’t released.
The earthen dam, in the mountains 60 miles west of Denver, is 230 feet high at its tallest point.
The reservoir behind it has a surface area of up to 5 square miles and can hold up to 82 billion gallons of water. It is a popular site for fishing, boating and camping.