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Simulated explosion at Ole Miss

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 7/31/2013 12:05 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - A simulated explosion during a football game with numerous casualties is the scenario that Mississippi, Oxford and Lafayette County emergency officials face during this drill.

Organizers made the drill as realistic as possible with fake wounds on the victims and smoke rising from the scene of the explosion.

Todd Demuth with MEMA said, "We do have an explosion that goes off in the north end zone of the football stadium during the LSU game. That's what our simulation is. We're going to see the coordination of response between multiple agencies. That's what we're really looking for here today. How well do they play together?"

As first responders come to the aid of victims other emergency officials look on and keep up with how well the drill is executed.

Demuth said, "How long does it take the ambulance to get here? How long does it take to assess? What will they do with the media? What will they do when parents show up outside the stadium?"

Whether it's Oxford or any college town emergency officials face a unique set of challenges.

Local responders here have a football stadium and other large buildings where thousands of students and others gather.

Noel Wilkin with Ole Miss told us, "An event like this where something might happen in a stadium helps us make sure our emergency plans have been thought through. We look at every type of situation we might face when we have a large scale event on campus."

Ole Miss and local officials insist they have well thought out plans in place.

They say drills like this can only help them fine tune their emergency plans.
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