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Terrorism drill on TV sparks alarm

August 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A nationwide government anti-terrorism exercise last week inadvertently alarmed a man who happened to catch a mock television broadcast that was part of the drill.

The Homeland Security Department coordinated the five-day exercise, which included an internal broadcast of fake news with officials discussing the "threat."

A man in West Palm Beach somehow managed to view part of the broadcast, became alarmed and called authorities, according to an official, who was not authorized to discuss details of the glitch and requested anonymity.

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