Chemical Attack on the Super Bowl

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Chemical Attack on the Super Bowl Travis Belcher HSM 320 Emergency Response to Terrorism Professor Cameron Balma 14 April 2014 Chemical Attack on the Super Bowl The Super Bowl is the biggest event to happen in the United States every year. Millions of people watch at home and thousands come and see it. Securing an event like this takes many local, state, and federal agencies months of planning and preparation. Since 9/11, security for a major event is top priority. Such a televised and public event is a dream event for a person or terrorist group to initiate an attack of major significance. Due to the 9/11 attacks and the President of the United States declaring the Super Bowl a national event, the City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana, the FBI, DHS, and DOD has planned and trained for any response to a chemical attack at the Super Bowl in the New Orleans’ Superdome. Scenario: The New England Patriots are taking on the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl, located in the Louisiana Superdome. The Superdome's capacity for a football game is approximately 72,000; and the stadium is packed to capacity with excited football fans. At the beginning of the second quarter fans report a bitter almond smell coming from both the men and women’s bathrooms. Hydrogen cyanide (HCN), a colorless gas form of cyanide, has been released into the stadium via the vents in the Stadium bathrooms. Fans that have visited the bathrooms are experiencing the worst symptoms, while all fans and players are beginning to display symptoms of cyanide poisoning. Chemical Identification: Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is a colorless chemical that can be released in liquid or vapor form where it has a bitter almond smell. HCN is a systemic chemical asphyxiant that interferes with normal use of oxygen by nearly every organ of the body. Exposure to HCN can be fatal and affects the central

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