Not another panic, please: WTC disaster drill tomorrow

pathtrainTrain service will be suspended and streets closed around the World Trade Center tomorrow while hundreds of police and firefighters fill Ground Zero, sirens blaring, for an emergency drill.

Officials hope the exercise — the largest in New York since 9/11 — won’t trigger the same panic as a presidential jet that buzzed the area last month during a photo shoot.

The drill, designed to test responses to a mock explosion in one of the Hudson River tunnels, will include more than 800 city police, firefighters and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey responders, officials said.

Authorities plan to close the railroad tunnels and several streets in lower Manhattan from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday for the two-hour drill.

Citizens will “see and hear lots of sirens and lots of emergency response,” said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman.


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