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Chicago Runs Bioterror Readiness Drill

The busiest day of a national bioterrorism drill began Thursday with a building collapse and is scripted to end in triumph, with a raid on the fictional group responsible for a week of chaos. State, local and federal officials in the Chicago area scrambled to deal with two mock catastrophes Thursday morning: the collapsed building and the release of a chemical at a chemical plant in suburban Bedford Park. The incidents were reported one after the other around 9 a.m. According to the disaster script, rescuers responding to a building explosion believed 26 people were trapped and that another 20 about a mile away were in danger from the chemical release. Dozens of fire trucks, ambulances and special teams trailers streamed into the site of the mock building collapse, which was complete with a very real pile of rubble. Full Story

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