PRESTON - Members of the Stamford police bomb squad spent the day learning how to deal with explosives as part of a specialized training program with the FBI.

About 30 items were detonated outside the old Norwich State Hospital yesterday. News 12 was there to find out what would happen to a mailbox or even human flesh during a massive explosion.

FBI and police forces blew up rooms at the hospital so they could investigate the results.

Police departments from around the state watched as homemade bombs, TNT and dynamite were used in the training exercise.

Polices say this training is especially important because illegal bomb-making is on the rise.