May 6, 2014 8:11 PM by Leah Kraus

Chemical emergency drill held in Pueblo

It may have looked like the real thing, but the sirens and emergency personnel near the Pueblo Chemical Depot on Tuesday were part of a drill.

It's called the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program and is done annually between the Army, FEMA, and local partners from the state and Pueblo County.

The main goal is to keep skills sharp in the case of a chemical emergency.

Tuesday's event involved moving mustard filled projectiles -- a simulated accident then occured and that's when the response took off.

Pueblo County also had a simulated disaster involving chlorine. This gave emergency responders another opportunity to train for the worst.

"In almost every scenario that we have around the country and that we've had in the past, the likelihood of agent migration off the confines of the Army installation is rare, but that still doesn't preclude the need to exercise what we've practiced," says Greg Mahall, an Army Chemical Materials Spokesperson.

In the case something does go wrong, emergency responders have a number of procedures in place to keep the public safe -- including evacuations or having people shelter in place.



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