NYPD Staging Fake Bio-Terror Subway Attack
Releasing harmless gas to track its movement
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2013 9:39 AM CDT
Morning commuters fill the platform as they exit a train in New York's Times Square subway station, Thursday, March 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Don't worry: The gas the NYPD will be releasing into the New York City subway system in July is totally harmless. The "per fluorocarbons" will be released as part of a $3.4 million-dollar study looking at airflow in the subway system, with the aim of helping authorities understand the risks of an airborne terrorist attack, the Huffington Post reports. The NYPD, along with experts from a number of leading laboratories, will track the "tracer gases" through the city, both in the subway system and on the street.

An NYPD statement on the study describes per fluorocarbons as harmless and non-toxic (though HuffPo notes that the EPA categorizes them as greenhouse gases). They're also odorless and invisible, so New Yorkers won't realize they're wafting by during the three non-consecutive days in July the study is conducted; that recognition will be left to some 200 air-sampling tracking devices installed throughout the city and subways. The study is "the first of its scale to study airflow in a dense, complex urban environment both below and above-ground," according to the statement, and it will help the NYPD map out an optimized response to any purposeful or accidental hazmat release.

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Apr 25, 2013 1:48 PM CDT
In the 1960s, the US Navy release a "harmless" micro-organism in San Francisco, to test the threat of bio-weapons. One guy died died. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serratia_marcescens#Role_in_bio-warfare_testing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_biological_weapons_program#Testing_on_unwitting_civilians There were other fatalities, in other tests. NOT COOL!
Apr 25, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
Bio-Terror Subway Attackers.. Take Notes.. All Terrorist in general.. Here some new ideas to put on your list of potential methods of terror.. There is no need to keep this stuff secret.. Let’s make sure we educate criminals as good as possible... This is Dumb... REALLY Dumb..
Apr 25, 2013 9:59 AM CDT
Good for them!