Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range

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  • We're working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up munitions at the site.  
  • The range is approximately 100 square miles, and was established in 1938 and used during World War II as a site for military armament and bombing training, which included practice and high-explosive bombs.
  • Military training continued on portions of the range through 1963.
    • The Air Force, Army, Navy and Air National Guard used the site for training exercises through the Korean and Vietnam wars.
  • The majority of the range was transferred from federal ownership in the 1960s.
  • Today the range is owned by a variety of public and private landowners, the largest of which is the State Land Board.
  • The north-central portion of the range is known as the Former Lowry Training Annex (FLTA).
  • The area contains four former Titan I missile complexes (1A, 1B, 1C and 2A), operational from 1962 to 1965, and
  • Lowry Landfill , a Superfund site, is located on the northwest corner of the property.
  • Restoration Advisory Board meets quarterly. Please click the "Contacts" link below for more information about this community-based group.

 

The three “R’s” of munitions safety

Recognize
  • Recognizing when you may have encountered a munition is key to reducing the risk of injury or death.
  • If you encounter or suspect you’ve encountered a munition, consider it extremely dangerous.
  • Munitions are sometimes hard to see and identify. They may resemble:
    • A pointed pipe.
    • A soda can.
    • A baseball.
    • A muffler.
    • Other metal objects.
  • They may be:
    • Visible on the surface.
    • Buried.
    • Exposed by erosion or fires.
  • They may look new or old, be complete or in parts, be found alone or in groups.
  • Any suspect items should be considered dangerous, regardless of size or apparent age.
 
Retreat
  • If you encounter or suspect you’ve encountered a munition, don’t touch, move or disturb it.
  • Immediately and carefully leave the area, following the same path on which you entered.
  • If you can, mark the general area — not the munition — in some manner (e.g., with a hat, piece of cloth, or tying a piece of plastic to a bush or tree branch).
 
Report
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Notify local law enforcement of what you saw and where you saw it.
  • If you or someone you know may have collected munitions-related items as souvenirs, please notify law enforcement immediately so trained professionals can remove the items safely.

 

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Key documents from the Administrative Record used to determine response actions at the Former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range can be found at:
 
Aurora Public Library
Reference Section
14949 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO  80012
303-739-6600 
 
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday 
 
The full Administrative Record can be viewed, by appointment, at the project site by calling 303-690-3816.