Baton Rouge Metro Airport holds disaster drill

Baton Rouge Metro Airport (Source: WAFB)
Baton Rouge Metro Airport (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Smoke and explosions were part of the theme at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport, as officials tested emergency response plans Thursday morning.

Some passengers flying out of the Capital City saw quite a show, but it was only a drill.

First responders will practice handling scenarios involving a plane crash, active shooter in the terminals and bomb on a plane.

"We all know what's going on around the country today with all the shootings and stabbings and things that we have," Airport Police Chief Anthony Williams said. "We have to make sure that our mutual aid system works correctly and that it works quickly and efficiently. That's why we are required to do this every three years, but we do it moreso."

Some of the agencies that participated in the drill included polie, fire, EMS, haz-mat and Homeland Security.

The federal government requires emergency drills at least once every three years to ensure all agencies are ready in case of a real disaster.

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