Bomb squad plans explosives training Monday

CHAMPAIGN — Police say residents shouldn't fret if they hear explosive noises coming from the South Farms on Monday afternoon.

University of Illinois police Lt. Steve Trame — commander of the UI and Champaign police bomb squad, also known as an explosive ordnance disposal team — said the squad will be setting off small detonations between 1 and 4 p.m. Monday as part of a class for emergency responders.

Trame said about 80 local law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters are taking a class on Monday co-hosted by the bomb squad and the FBI.

"In the morning, we are presenting a lecture on different chemicals used to make improvised explosions," Trame said. "In the afternoon, there will be some small detonations to demonstrate the explosions for the students, so residents may be hearing the noises periodically. If you hear a big noise on Monday afternoon coming from the South Farms, don't be alarmed."

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