Terror Test: Feds To Release Non-Toxic Gas Across NYC

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports:

New York City’s response plans for a chemical or biological attack will be put to the test starting Monday as part of a federal preparedness study. The MTA says the Department of Homeland Security working alongside a team of researchers and city agencies will deploy a non-toxic gas on five separate days between Oct. 18 and 29 at about 120 locations across the city, including transit.

Most of the locations will be above ground, including some parks. A number of below-ground subway stations will also be included, though details on which ones weren’t known. Strap-hangers and anyone in the vicinity of testing operations are advised that the gas is non-toxic and poses no health risk to the public. The study simulates “the aerosol release of a biological agent in a densely populated urban environment.”

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