NYPD Simulates Airborne Terror Attack in Second Day of Subway Airflow Study

By Aidan Gardiner on July 19, 2013 10:28am 

 The study of the subway's airflow began Friday morning and was set to conclude about 3 p.m., cops said.
The study of the subway's airflow began Friday morning and was set to conclude about 3 p.m., cops said.
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NEW YORK CITY — The NYPD released a gas into the subway system Friday morning to simulate a potential airborne terrorist attack in the second day of a three-day airflow study, officials said.

Police, along with researchers from the Brookhaven National Laboratory, released gases at street level in Manhattan about 8 a.m. to trace their trajectory through the subway system, according to the NYPD.

The gas, called perfluorocarbon tracer gas, was deemed harmless by cops.

Researchers will be in the subway system with equipment until about 3 p.m., when the second day of the study concludes, police said.

The final day of the study will be announced in the future one day in advance, the NYPD said.

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