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Hazardous materials training event staged in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A hazardous materials training exercise was staged Wednesday in Rochester.

More than 50 people with the fire department, the chemical assessment team, the civic support team, the Department of Health, and Mayo Clinic all took part in the drill.

Officials say the two-day exercise was held on the 700 block of 1st Avenue Southwest. It simulated the situation of someone trying to create a hazardous substance, and then releasing that substance into a local place of business, causing harm to the people there.

The drills are taking place in a downtown Rochester building owned by the University of Minnesota that is slated for demolition.

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