Mock Terror Drill Planned For Tuesday On The Detroit Princess

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Detroit Princess riverboat (WWJ Photo)

Detroit Princess riverboat (WWJ Photo)

DETROIT (WWJ) –  It is said to be the first of its kind: a massive international terror drill planned for Tuesday in the waters of the Detroit River.

WWJ’s Sandra McNeill spoke with U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jeff Augton and reports on the emergency drill that will be taking place along the Detroit River.

Capt. Augton said this will be unprecedented, with more than 60 U.S. and Canadian agencies and over 500 people taking part in the two-day terror drill that gets underway Tuesday on the Detroit River.

“They are starting at 9 o’clock, they will see a lot of  smoke and some loud explosions, but it will be basically simulating a terrorist activity on the Detroit Princess in the Detroit River,” said Augton.

“We will be simulating about 500 passengers on board the Detroit Princess of which all of our agencies will have to do a few things: one will be mass rescue,” he said.

Detroit’s Emergency Management Director Darryl Lundy believes the area is ready.

“We firmly believe that at the end of the exercise, that the citizens here along the Detroit Windsor corridor will be very comfortable in understanding how we’ll be ready to  respond to any disaster here in Detroit,” said Lundy.

He warned that those along the river will hear a loud blast in the morning.

Eleven local hospitals will participate in the drill, taking care of the mock injured.

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