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"Very Large" Avalanche Kills Five Snowmobilers In British Columbia

The human-caused avalanche was triggered Friday near the village of McBride, close to the border with Alberta. Several groups of snowmobilers were caught in the slide.

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A human-caused avalanche killed five snowmobilers Friday in British Columbia, Canada, officials said.

The avalanche occurred at 1:30 p.m. near McBride, a village of a few hundred people near the border with Alberta. Avalanche Canada described the event as "a very large, significant avalanche" that was "human triggered and people are involved."

The avalanche killed five snowmobilers, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The snowmobilers were among three groups of people caught in the slide, police reported. As many as eight people lost their snowmobiles in the avalanche.

Authorities spent Friday afternoon rescuing people who were stuck on the mountain, and were still working Friday evening to ensure that everyone was accounted for.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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