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Hazmat team isn't prepared for terror

If terrorists unleashed an unknown chemical agent on a crowd at the Pepsi Center, Denver’s Hazardous Materials team wouldn’t even be able to tell whether the substance were life-threatening or contagious. “We won’t know if it’s some chemical (weapon) or hair spray,” said Shawn Armstrong, a technician on the hazmat team, which would be the first to respond to any city, state or federal hazmat calls in Denver. Members of the city’s hazmat team say Denver County is woefully unprepared for a chemical or biological attack by terrorists. They lack basic equipment that would allow them to identity many substances, including anthrax. “The city is saying we’re prepared, … but we’re still behind the eight ball,” Capt. Dave Frank said. “We can’t detect and identify unknown substances.” Full Story

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