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Blooming Grove Police Department
Friday July 26th, 2013 :: 12:40 p.m. EDT


Orange County rents out Camp Laguardia in Blooming Grove / Chester for Military simulation games Operation Shahrazad

For information only to inform affected residents and to avoid public confusion in regards to the expected large presence of military style vehicles and uniforms.

The Blooming Grove Police Department became aware yesterday that Orange County has rented out the former Camp Laguardia Homeless shelter located within the Towns of Blooming Grove and Chester to a private company. Operation Lion Claws Military Simulations Series is structured around military enthusiasts who use airsoft weapons to engage in military simulations at unique sites like Camp Laguardia across the United States. Airsoft weapons look like real firearms, and the ones used this weekend will look like real military style weapons. They produce almost no noise and use a bio degradable BB that will not harm the environment. There is expected to be approx. 200 participants in the war game called Operation Shahrazad, participants will dress like United States military and special forces units and along with the occupying force dressed similar to what an operative from Al-Qaeda might wear. They might also be using military style vehicles such as humvees.

The company will also be filming these events and will provide their own security at the gate leading to the former homeless shelter.

The company will be renting and running this operation throughout this weekend starting today, July 26th.

Any complaints should be directed towards the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Goshen at 845-291-4033.

Thank you,

Blooming Grove Police

Blooming Grove Police Department
2 Horton Road
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 845-496-9161

1 Laguardia Road
Chester, NY 10918

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