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.