-If you happened to drive by the old Country Hearth Inn and Suites in Eau Claire Monday afternoon you may have heard a lot of explosions going off.
The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team practiced explosives training in the shut down hotel.
When the SWAT team is called to an emergency they bring an arsenal of tools with them, and one of the most effective is explosives to breach, or help open doors quickly.
“When we are required to be in there, we are required to be in there, it’s that simple. So we don’t have time to mess around with trying to open a door in a very slow method, so we have to do it fast,” Lt. Rod Stearns from the sheriff’s department explains.