Safety

Mock terrorism attack hits PNC Park

Emergency Management Alert, May 10, 2005

A mock attack in Pittsburgh "injured" 49 people in one of the largest and most expensive terrorism drills funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

About 5,000 volunteers participated in the drill, which took place last weekend at PNC Park-home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The drill cost about $870,000.

As part of the drill, fans "watched" a Pirates game (the Pirates were actually playing in Arizona) when a female suicide bomber "detonated" her weapon. The panicked crowd rushed to the exits as 49 emergency response agencies in Western Pennsylvania sprung into action.

Emergency officials rushed victims to three Pittsburgh hospitals. At each facility, victims walked through decontamination showers before being treated.

Health officials say the response time and effectiveness was encouraging, but admit there is room for improvement.

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