Planned Homeland Security drill has town concerned

Planned Homeland Security drill has town concerned
Posted at 11:09 AM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 06:30:58-05

NEWKIRK, OK (KOCO/CNN) - Residents in one Oklahoma town are worried as the Department of Homeland Security plans to simulate the effects of biological weapons on buildings just outside of the city.

"You'd think you'd kind of want to let your neighbors know, you know?" said Kyle Oestmenn, a resident.

Oestmenn is one of the people worried, as the DHS plans to mimic biological warfare right across the road.

"Hopefully they stop by or something, and let me know at least," he said.

According to DHS representatives, they will be testing the impact on buildings if a terrorist were to release a biological weapon. It's happening at the Chilocco Indian School. They will be releasing non-hazardous, non-toxic chemicals and biological materials.

News of the testing spread fast after the DHS paid for a legal notice in the local paper.

"I just got sick to my stomach," said Dennis Jordan, a resident. "I think if they want to test that stuff let them go down to Los Alamos, you know? I think it's stupid."

Homeland Security officials said the tests are planned for early next year and then again over the summer. They said the study will be evaluated under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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