Residents are concerned over biological weapons testing in OK

Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 at 5:01 PM CST
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NEWKIRK, OK (KSWO)- People living in one Oklahoma town are worried after the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to simulate the effects of biological weapons on buildings just outside the city.

DHS said they would be testing the impact on buildings if a terrorist were to release a biological weapon.

They plan to conduct the tests at the Chilocco Indian School near Newkirk, about 20 miles north of Ponca City.  In a statement, the department said they would be releasing non-hazardous, non-toxic chemicals and biological materials.

"I just got sick to my stomach. I think if they want to test that stuff let them go down to Los Alamos, you know? I think it's stupid," said resident Dennis Jordan.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security say the tests are planned for early next year, and then again over the summer. They say the study will be evaluated under the National Environmental Police Act.

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