- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - People living near Fort Drum in northern New York are being told not to be alarmed if they see a large plume of smoke or hear sirens.

Officials with the 10th Mountain Division say they’re holding a large-scale emergency response exercise starting around 8 a.m. Thursday at the sprawling Army post near Watertown.

Fort Drum personnel and emergency responders from local agencies will be participating in the exercise, which will test the military base’s response to emergencies involving hazardous materials.

Officials say the exercise will involve the release of a large plume of non-toxic smoke and numerous emergency vehicles responding to the scene of the simulated accident.

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