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A live counter-terrorism demonstration for the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, on the streets of LA. Photo: Reuters

A live counter-terrorism demonstration for the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, on the streets of LA. Photo: Reuters

A live counter-terrorism demonstration for the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference, on the streets of LA. Photo: Reuters

GUNFIRE echoed through downtown Los Angeles for a training drill.

Counter- terrorism police demonstrated a response to a weapon of mass destruction threat – all while curious pedestrians watched on.

The drill began with an explosion of flash grenades, officers firing blank ammunition at pretend suspects, and police rappelling out of a helicopter and onto a hotel bridge.

A truck carrying a barrel soon drove onto the scene, presenting the challenge of neutralising an improvised explosive device in the centre of a highly populated area.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said: "This is something we constantly worry about. The threat is always there."

–SARAH PARVINI


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