The City of Vicksburg Gas Department is planning a drill to simulate a natural gas explosion caused by a contractor digging in the area. The drill, scheduled for May 29, 2012, should begin around 9:00 .a.m. and will take place just south of the Old Depot building on Levee Street. The entire exercise should only last three to four hours. The drill is a requirement of a federal inspection to be done in June by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.


Levee Street will be closed from the Washington/Grove intersection to the Clay/Levee Street intersection. Citizens should be aware that cannons and smoke will be used to simulate an actual explosion. Police, Fire and other emergency personnel will respond to the area to reroute traffic and provide medical attention to volunteers playing injured victims.