BREWER, Maine (AP) — The owner of a military supply company in Maine says he’s been inundated with orders from people in California buying gas masks and chemical suits.

Maine Military Supply owner Frank Spizuoco says hundreds of gas masks are going out the door. He says people are also ordering related gear, including chemical suits, jackets, gloves, pants and boots.

He says the spike in sales started over the weekend. Officials in Japan are struggling to contain a nuclear power plant damaged by last week’s earthquake and tsunami.

Spizuoco says people are afraid of radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant making its way to the United States.

He tells the Bangor Daily News it reminds him of the frenzy after 9/11. He calls it “pretty crazy.”

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    gas masks and chemical suits are not good enough. You need living quarters away from the radiation.

    YOU MUST DIG A BOMB SHELTER!!!
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    You must stock it with water and food for at least a six month stay as we wait for the minuscule amount of radiation particles to be washed away by rain.

    You must also make sure you have a large savings in your bank account. Because you cannot come out of the shelter for six months. There are many emails floating around about someone dying in Nigeria and they will give you a cut of the millions of dollars if you will pay the fees to help get the money out of the country.

    Doing my job to jump start the shovel economy since Obama failed miserably.

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    This is why we can’t stand Calastupids coming to our State of Washington—-They ARE VERY____VERY —STUPID!!!!!! And STAY in Californica!!!!!!

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