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Military demonstration Will Take Place At Tampa Convention Center

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)-- The U.S. Special Operations Command will host a capabilities demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center from 1:30p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

The simulation is part of the Special Operations Force Industry Conference which includes more than 175 SOCOM and international service members from 11 nations. The demonstration will be used to "rescue" a city official from "hostile" forces.

Simulated explosions, simulated gunfire, and low-flying aircraft, helicopter, boats, all-terrain vehicles, scuba divers and ground forces will be used during the demonstration.

The City of Tampa will present a public proclamation prior to the event on Wednesday.

Traffic around the Tampa Convention Center will be interrupted on both days from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Spectators may view the demonstration from the roads around the Tampa Convention Center.

South Franklin Street will be blocked at the intersection of Water Street from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on both May 17 and May 18. The blockage extends to South Harbour Island Boulevard to the Westin Hotel parking garage. Hotel or local restaurant guests can exit the parking garage south on South Harbour Island Boulevard.

The four water entrances to the Seddon Channel will also be blocked from noon to 2:30 p.m. both days, allowing only demonstration participants, including fast boats and scuba divers.

Tampa Convention Center parking will be extremely limited.

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