AZ's Largest Nuke Explosion Disaster Drill Ever

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"ABC PHOENIX - Hundreds of state and federal agencies responded to a call of a massive explosion in Phoenix Friday, but don't worry, you were never in harm's way.

Two hundred and fifty agencies participated in a disaster drill where officials simulated a building collapse due to a nuclear explosion. The drill included victims, decontamination areas, rescues and medical tents, among other simulations.

"This is probably the closest thing we'll get to the real thing," said Phoenix Firefighter Wayne Perch.

Officials wanted to give the agencies practice responding to such a massive disaster, as well as a chance to work on communication between agencies.

"Every day we could be a potential victim of any kind of natural disaster or man-made disaster," said Brad Pitassi with the Maricopa Fire Department.
The drill is funded with grant money and is expected to last through the weekend.
"No one ever wants to do this for real, but yeah it would be kind of cool to do it," Perch said.

He just hopes no one ever has to."

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