Emergency Crews Travel to Midlands to Train for Explosions

Officials train for water explosions at Lake Murray

Lexington County, SC (WLTX)- Dozens of emergency crews from all over the nation are doing post-explosion water training in Lexington this week.

Crews from places like New York, California, Texas, Virginia and the Midlands learned how to work with different agencies, how bombs are put together, how to recognize IEDs, and antiterrorism defense tactics.

“I've never seen a bomb. I didn't have any idea these guys showed us what the bombs looked like after they explode and how to recognize and how to retrieve the evidence,” Dekalb County Rescue Christopher Cavender from Georgia said.

Cavender says he's learning crucial skills needed now more than ever.

“With all the threats we have in the world, you want guys that know what they're doing out here, when if something bad were to happen, and you're going to have a bunch of guys that know what they're doing,” Cavender explained.

Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon says it’s vital to plan for the worst.

“It's not necessarily what we do every day, it's what we prepare to do every day if the need arises,” Koon said. “We always have to be ready for the unexpected.” 

The FBI, SLED and the Lexington Sheriff's Department organized the weeklong training.

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