VANTAGE — If you’re south of Vantage on Huntzinger Road on Sunday and see a bunch of guys in hazardous material “moon suits,” don’t be alarmed. It’s not a real emergency.
An Army unit training to help in a large-scale terror attack involving radiation or chemical or biological weapons will conduct a simulation at the old Getty’s Cove convenience store, now closed.
The Grant County PUD owns the property, which includes a marina area and RV park. It has been closed since 2008. It’s along the Columbia River’s western shoreline, three miles south of Vantage on Huntzinger Road.
Army spokesman Larry Ritter said Friday that nothing toxic will be used in the exercise, which involves about 20 soldiers.
The old convenience store will serve as a pretend “safe house” and chemical-weapon factory for terrorists, Ritter said.
The soldiers will have to get into the “house,” and check it for hazardous materials. A part of the exercise may include some of the hazmat-suited soldiers “hosing off” or transporting people playing the roles of civilians who’ve been contaminated.
Ritter said they chose the site for its seclusion. The exercise begins at 5 a.m. and ends around 8 p.m., he said.
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