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County prepares for terrorism

At 8 a.m. Saturday, a man drove a truck containing a cylinder of hazardous chemicals into the La Grange EMS building. There were several people in the building at the time, and they were taken hostage by the armed driver. Two were shot, and a number suffered eye, skin and respiratory damage from chemical leakage before law enforcement officials freed the hostages and killed the gunman. Although this was just a training drill for Lenoir County law enforcement officers, rescue squads, firefighters and hospital personnel, a similar incident could very well happen. The training exercise was geared to test how well various emergency responders would react to such a hazardous chemical emergency. Funding for the drill and training, about $15,000, came from the Department of Homeland Security. Full Story

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