SC base plans mock explosions during exercise

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) - Military officials are warning residents around a South Carolina Air Force base that an upcoming series of readiness exercises will simulate air crashes, explosions and ground attacks.

Shaw Air Force spokeswoman 2nd. Lt. Emily Chilson says the exercises set for Monday and Tuesday will test the ability of airmen of the 20th Fighter Wing to perform under pressure.

Chilson says residents near the base in central South Carolina may see firecrews responding to the simulated fires and the mock release of chemical agents as part of the exercises.

The dry-runs are being held to prepare airmen for a wide-ranging test of their capabilities in June.

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