CBS2 Exclusive: An Inside Look At Training For Troops Who Respond To Tri-State Area Bomb Threats

CBS New York

McGUIRE AFB, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The thought of a bomb going off in the New York City area is terrifying, but emergency calls about possible bombs happen every week.

And when they do, there is a special team trained to handle the threats. CBS2’s Meg Baker had an exclusive look Wednesday at some of that elite team’s training exercises.

The 87th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, is based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The base let CBS2 embed with the troops, who investigate suspicious packages and bomb threats around the Tri-State Area.

“We’ve become experts in the field of counter-IED operations over these past 10, 12, 13 years, so we want to maintain those skill sets,” said Sgt. Zachary Burnash.

To the exercise held Wednesday, trainees approach a staged village and hit an improvised explosive device.

The driver appeared to have wounds suffered in an IED blast, and…

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