Anaheim Bay to be site of oil spill and security exercises next week

Some closures of public boat channel anticipated; Sounds of machine gun fire are only a simulation

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Anaheim Bay will be the site of two separate government exercises Sept. 19 and 22, and some closures of the public boat channel are expected.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will conduct an oil spill response exercise inside the bay.  During the event oil spill booms will be emplaced across the public boat channel in order to simulate the protection of Huntington Harbour and the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge from an offshore oil spill. Closures of the public boat channel are likely during this time.

On Friday, Sept. 22 from 2-4:30 p.m., Navy personnel will conduct security boat exercises inside Anaheim Bay.

The exercises may include the use of blank machine gun fire, which can sound like actual gunshots from a distance.

No closures of the public boat channel are anticipated during this event.

For more information, contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Office at (562) 626-7215 or