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Disaster drill turns dramatic

A sheriff’s lieutenant is injured during a plane- crash simulation exercise at John Wayne Airport. A training exercise Wednesday turned into a real-life emergency when a flash-bang device went off prematurely, injuring a sheriff’s lieutenant. The explosive device was meant to signal the start of a large-scale drill simulating a plane crash on an airport runway. Instead, it went off as Lt. Jim Lazzaro, a member of the sherriff’s department bomb squad, held it. “The device malfunctioned and he suffered burns to his upper thigh area,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Lazzaro, a 30-year veteran of the department, was admitted to the Grossman Burn Center at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana in fair condition, he said. He suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to his leg and hand and second-degree burns to his arms, Amormino said. The accident slightly delayed the start of the drill. Full Story

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