Two Explosions at the Port of Moses Lake Were On Purpose for Training

By Jeff Chew, November 4, 2013, iFiber News

Two 40-pound explosives were set off Monday afternoon as part of a “prequel” to a military emergency response operation.

Information about the operation will be made known in about a week, Greg Becken, Port of Moses Lake security manager, said.

More details about the operation would be released as exercises get under way later this month, he said.

“We set off two very large explosions here at the airport,” Becken said late Monday afternoon.

This is a small build-up to what will be a full-fledged military exercise at the airport, he said.

Becken said the port notified Grant County Multi-agency Communications Center ahead of time, which has been receiving calls from residents asking about the explosions they heard.

As for now, Becken said, the military is trying to keep the operation low-profile until it is ready to conduct the exercises.

“We’re going to alert the public in any way possible,” Becken said.

The airport is the site of the former Larson Air Force Base and Larson, now based near Spokane, still uses the port’s runways when needed.

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