Infrastructure Daily News 03.01.12

Energy Sector

Current Electricity Sector Threat Alert Levels: Physical: LOWCyber: LOW Scale: LOW, GUARDED, ELEVATED, HIGH, SEVERE [Source: ISAC for the Electricity Sector (ES-ISAC) – []

1. February 29, Framingham MetroWest Daily News – (Massachusetts) Tanker crash and fuel spill closes Rte. 30 in Weston. An oil tanker rolled onto its side on Rte. 30 in Weston, Massachusetts, February 29, shutting down traffic in both directions, police said. The multi-car crash occurred near the intersection of Pine Street, Weston police said. The town’s dispatcher said six officers rushed to the scene. Two engines, a ladder truck and an ambulance also responded, according to the Weston Fire Department. It was not clear how much, if any, fuel spilled. Source: spill-in-Weston
Transportation Sector See items 1, 21, 25, 26, and 39

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report
21. February 29, Associated Press – (Maryland) Broken water main causes sinkhole in Bladensburg on Md. commuter route, closing Annapolis Road. A sinkhole caused by a water main break closed westbound lanes of Route 450 in Bladensburg, Maryland, February 29. Police said the sinkhole that formed overnight on Annapolis Road is about 8 feet wide and 10 inches deep. Repairs are expected to start immediately. It was unclear how long the road would be closed. A Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesman said the sinkhole is the result of a 12-inch water main break February 16. He said a patch was made to the broken main, and a contractor was supposed to come out the next day to repair the pipe. That apparently did not happen and the patch failed overnight February 29. Source: on-md-commuter-route-closing-annapolisroad/ 2012/02/29/gIQAcVemhR_story.html

Government Facilities Sector

25. February 28, Reuters – (Washington) Students in Washington state town evacuated over threat. Authorities evacuated 900 students from a three-school compound in Cle Elum, Washington, and shut down a highway February 28 after a bomb threat was found on a computer at the high school. Police used bomb dogs to search the high school, middle-school, and elementary school but found no explosives, officials said. The three schools are located in a single complex along state route 903, which was shut down for several hours by the Washington State Patrol between Cle Elum and Roslyn. Source:

26. February 28, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel – (Florida) Explosives removed from charter school in Boynton Beach. Bomb squad investigators removed explosives from South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach, Florida, that were found February 28. The school was on a nearly 3-hour lockdown. The explosives were found on a bus. The driver that found the explosive device gave it to a school employee, who then left it at the school police officer’s desk. When the officer found it, he ordered the school on lockdown and called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad. School officials evacuated about 35 students and staff members and placed the rest of the school on lockdown shortly after school dismissed for the day. After-school tutoring and sports activities had just started. Source: 20120228,0,7503424.story

Emergency Services Sector

29. February 29, Associated Press – (Alabama) 1 dead, 3 missing after Coast Guard chopper crashes. One crew member died and rescuers were searching February 29 for three others missing after a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crashed in Alabama’s Mobile Bay during a training mission, USCG officials said. Divers planned to return to the sunken wreckage after daylight February 29. Overnight fog had hampered searches from the air, the chief petty officer said. The MH-65C helicopter crashed February 28 near Point Clear, Alabama. One crew member was found unresponsive and later declared dead, the USCG said in a news release February 29. The aircraft had departed the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, on a training mission February 28, an official said. The three missing are all USCG members. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Source: guard-20120229,0,5867153.story

30. February 28, WTSP 10 ST. Petersburg – (Florida) ‘SWATing’ hoax triggers emergency response. Sheriff’s investigators are trying to track down who made a hoax call to emergency operators in Sarasota, Florida, over the weekend of February 25. The caller who identified himself as a 15-year-old, claimed he shot his parents and was armed with a gun. He also claimed to have a bomb strapped to himself, set to detonate within 10 to 15 minutes. “Ultimately there were almost three dozen law enforcement officers dispatched, hostage negotiators, SWAT team, and every available deputy,” said a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. But when deputies arrived, they found an unsuspecting family, no one shot, and no guns. In fact, investigators said the call did not even come from the home. It is part of a troubling trend called “SWATing.” The prankster obtains information about their intended target then call in posing as that person with a story that triggers a SWAT-style response. If caught, the prankster could potentially face federal charges punishable by decades behind bars. Source: response-

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