Wednesday 10 August 2022 11:19 PM San Antonio residents are awoken by explosions and low-flying military ... trends now
Residents living in San Antonio, Texas, were shaken from their sleep and rattled by loud explosions and low flying helicopters on Tuesday as the US military conducts training exercises in America's seventh largest city through Friday.
The training sessions are taking place for four days this week from 6pm until 3am, and they include air and ground mobility operations, and close-quarter combat training in a dark and realistic environment, San Antonio police shared on Facebook.
'The meetings and planning for this training event began months ago,' SAPD Police Chief William McManus said in a press release.
'Being that San Antonio is known as Military City, USA, we have a long history and strong relationship with the U.S. military, and we're honored to be able to provide support to the U.S. Army as they conduct this critical training in our city.,' he added.
Safety precautions were set in place to protect participants and residents, along with planning considerations to minimize impact to the community and private property.
San Antonio Police said it will also be on-site to ensure the safety of both citizens and participants.
Low-flying helicopters were seen all over San Antonio on Monday night as the America's seventh largest city is hosting military operations from Tuesday until Friday from 6pm until 3am every night
Josh Tovar, 19, told the San Antonio Express-News he felt his couch shake while he was playing popular war game Call of Duty, which prompted him to go outside, only to see two helicopters flying not far from his home on Hays Street
The training sessions will contain air and ground mobility operations, as well as close-quarter combat training in a dark and realistic environment
However, footage shared on Twitter from local inhabitants shows loud noises of low-flying helicopters, mimicked gunfire and contained explosions at night that have unsettled several of the city's neighborhoods.
Josh Tovar, 19, told the San Antonio Express-News he felt his couch shake while he was playing the popular war game Call of Duty, which prompted him to go outside, only to notice two helicopters flying not far from his home on Hays Street.
The sound of two explosions near the Alamodome before six gunshots were fired came soon after at around 9.45pm.
The Express-News also reported four UH-60 Blackhawks circulating around the area, as well as four MH-6M Little Bird helicopters, both of which are part of the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
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