LOVELAND PASS, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation is trying to mitigate the threat of avalanches in the high country. Crews intentionally set off an avalanche with a newly-installed system in the Seven Sisters area path.

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The system, known as Gaze-X, involves an automatic avalanche control device placed on the mountainside.

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The blast releases built-up snow before it can cause problems for drivers or backcountry skiers.

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