California Conducts Golden Guardian Security Drill at Amphitheater

More than 1,000 law-enforcement and public-safety officials across California participated in the $1.2 million "Golden Guardian" security exercise.

The Nov. 14 exercise was sponsored by the by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Officials planned the exercise for nine months.

The San Bernardino County Sun reported on Nov. 15 that the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore was the site of one drill in which officials dealt with a bombing scenario. The Hyundai Pavilion was selected for the mock terrorist exercise because it is the largest natural amphitheater in the country.

Local officials running the exercise determined that help didn't arrive for 50 minutes, with the result that 100 people "died" and 200 were "injured."

County Fire Department spokesman Tracey Martinez said that the evaluators' observations would be compiled into a full report detailing what went right and what went wrong during the exercise.