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Monday, June 8, 2009

Not to Worry: Charlotte Explosion Part of Military Exercise

Christopher D. Kirkpatrick
The Charlotte Observer
June 8, 2009

Editor’s note: Charlotte Fire Department considers citizens “civilians.”

A reported explosion at an uptown federal building late Sunday morning was just a military exercise, said Charlotte Fire Department Capt. Mark Basnight.

The department received a call from a civilian who said there had been an explosion in the back of the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building at 401 West Trade St. The fire department responded but left the scene after realizing there wasn’t an emergency. Several military personnel in fatigues could be seen inside the gated back lot of the building.

“Some arm of the military was conducting a drill,” Basnight said.

There were no apparent signs of an explosion or any damage. No other details were available.

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