Local authorities training to identify homemade explosives

Posted at 7:28 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 19:28:45-04

CINCINNATI -- In Cincinnati's Regional Operations Center, federal and local authorities work together to bring in intelligence and analyze any potential threats.

First responders from across the Tri-State also visit the ROC for training under Homeland Security. Emily Lakamp, the specialist who brings in trainers from around the country, said that the sessions, including many terror-related, are filling up.

Next week, a session with experts from New Mexico will train local first responders how to identify and handle homemade explosives like those recently set in New York and New Jersey. The class is nearly double the size of most, according to Lakamp.

"This is just the latest and greatest in the national awareness and what is going on," Lakamp said. "It brings it to the local level, so then those local law enforcement agents can go out into their departments and really spread that knowledge elsewhere."

Watch the videos above to hear more from authorities and from a local man who was in New York when one homemade explosive went off.