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Huge Security Drill Planned for NY's Ground Zero

Friday, 15 May 2009 08:23 AM

NEW YORK – Hundreds of New York police and firefighters will conduct an emergency drill on Sunday at the World Trade Center rail station, according to city officials' announcement.

The "major, multi-agency emergency response drill" will require closing for five-and-a-half hours the PATH Station at the World Trade Center, which links southern Manhattan and the New Jersey town of Newark.

Several streets in the neighborhood of lower Manhattan - the location of Ground Zero in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks - will be closed to pedestrians and others will be barred to drivers.

Emergency vehicles will arrive in the area "with lights and sirens as they would in an actual emergency," the statement from the Port Authority and transport authorities said.

"The drill will begin at 8 am (0400 GMT) and involve hundreds of emergency responders ... The drill will last for approximately two hours."

Reconstruction at Ground Zero, where hijacked airliners destroyed the Twin Tower skyscrapers on 9/11, has barely begun. Meanwhile, the area remains under high security.

Last month office workers near Ground Zero panicked when one of President Barack Obama's official planes flew low over the site and the nearby Statue of Liberty for what the White House said was a photo shoot.

© 2009 Agence France Presse. All rights reserved.

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