MARTA holds terror attack simulation exercise

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ATLANTA – MARTA experienced alarms, smoke and panicked screams in Midtown late Saturday into Sunday.

Don’t worry: It’s all planned.

But some riders are going to have to deal with delays.

It was part of the transit system’s full-scale emergency preparedness exercise at the Midtown station from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.

MARTA police Lt. Aston Greene, who led the simulation, said 17 federal, state and local agencies would participate in the exercise, intended to provide real-life training for first responders.

“There will be simulated gunfire and people appearing to be injured,” Green said at a news conference Thursday. “It’s similar to a Hollywood production, but it helps to increase training.”

The training has been in the works since January through a federal grant from the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, which provides law enforcement agencies with a set of guidelines and suggestions in addressing national emergencies.

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