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BUSINESS AS USUAL AT FEDERAL BUILDINGS IN S.L.

It was business as usual Wednesday at the federal buildings in Salt Lake City.

At the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 S. State, employees throughout the building tuned in to news of the Oklahoma bombing on television sets and radios."It's terrible . . . shocking," said Doug Wadsworth, director of Veterans Affairs on the fifth floor. The department learned of the explosion by word of mouth. And at least one employee's spouse called with the information, he said.

"We don't know what impact it will have," Wadsworth said, pointing out that the Salt Lake building is much the same size of its Oklahoma counterpart. The Salt Lake building, however, employs more people, he said.

Down the hall at the American Legion office, a woman listened intently to accounts of the explosion on her radio. She and others in the building expressed their concern that such an act could occur without any warning.

At the Federal Court Building, 350 S. Main, two U.S. marshals were stationed as they always are at the front entrance. Employees there were also watching TV news reports of the Oklahoma incident and were updating each other about the events.

Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Jerry Smith said the building is secured all the time.

"Nothing has really changed, but we're certainly more aware. It's too early to say how this will affect us, if at all," he said.

When asked if the federal buildings in Salt Lake City are safe, he responded, "All I can do is speculate about that. We always take measures to make them as safe as possible."

The Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building is landlord to such agencies as the departments of the Interior and Agriculture, National Weather Service and offices of several elected leaders.

"We don't have access to a television," said an employee in the Railroad Retirement Board office. "I guess I just have a little bit different opinion . . . like when it's your time, it's your time. I'm trying to conduct business as usual.

"I heard of it from a gentleman who called in to conduct some business," she said. "I hadn't heard about it (before). I was just surprised."