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Depot Responders Drill Like it's a Real Emergency

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HERMISTON, Oreg.- Activities were still in full swing Monday as part of a mock chemical explosion at the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot.

This is just day one of a three day, 24-hour-a-day drill simulating the area's response to a spill.

Here's the scenario they're dealing with: A transport of VX gas mines exploded, then in the cleanup process just minutes later, it was struck by lightning.  

About 50 people are running the on-site emergency response center as if it were a real explosion.  

They're even dealing with angry members of the mock public and media demanding more information on what's happened.

"It's like a scene out of a Hollywood move.   We're just scrambling, tearing across the tarmac to get to our duty stations and deal with whatever is coming up," said spokesman Bruce Henrickson. 

On Monday night, an Army Two-Star General is expected to fly in just as they would in a real emergency.

The Depot also activated emergency sirens around the area as part of the drill and highway warning signs.