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SWAT training continues this week at Aloha Motel

The Aloha Motel on Samish Way in Bellingham Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Bellingham police are training at the now-closed motel this week.
The Aloha Motel on Samish Way in Bellingham Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Bellingham police are training at the now-closed motel this week. The Bellingham Herald

Explosions coming from the Aloha Motel should be no cause for alarm Oct. 6 and 7, as a Bellingham police SWAT team continues to train at the vacant Samish Way property.

Officers will detonate explosives to breach doors — three per hour, at times — and carry out other exercises to practice breaking down doors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

“This is a rare opportunity for officers to get real-life training at a site where there are multiple intact doors and windows,” Bellingham police wrote in a press release.

The training started Monday morning.

The city of Bellingham bought the Aloha, a longtime hub for drug deals, prostitution and crime, at a price of $1.58 million this year, with plans to raze the motel and its meth-contaminated rooms. An exact timeline for demolition hasn’t been announced, though city officials said the process could begin as soon as this month.

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