Dozens of Black Hawk helicopters descended on downtown Los Angeles Monday evening whereas residents reported explosions and scrambled to seek out out in the event that they have been a army invasion or a movie shoot.
The sinister flock of army birds hovered and zoomed by way of the high-rise canyons of downtown, accompanied by unusual explosions and army maneuvers – and 0 rationalization from the authorities as to what was occurring for what will need to have appeared like hours.
At least one helicopter truly landed on Wiltshire Boulevard in downtown LA, and explosions have been heard everywhere in the metropolis. The LA Police Department belatedly launched a press release assuring Angelenos that it was solely a drill, explaining “members of the US Army” had cleared the “army coaching” with native police and officers.
“The goal of the coaching is to boost soldier expertise by working in numerous urban environments and settings,” the LAPD wrote, stressing that “security precautions” have been in place to forestall “pointless threat to each members and/or space residents and property.”
While native information reportedly known as the operation an “unannounced train to maintain the troops sharp,” the LAPD claimed “residents in shut proximity to the areas the place the coaching will happen shall be notified previous to the coaching.”
Yet they apparently didn’t notify everybody, as locals took to Twitter in various states of terror to attempt to discover out what was taking place.
While everybody was trying on the helicopters, a P-8A Poseidon circled town for hours. The high-powered surveillance craft, often known as a “submarine killer,” set tongues wagging.
The army train, which reportedly concerned Special Forces, will proceed by way of Saturday. While the selection of downtown Los Angeles is meant to “simulate urban environments the service members might encounter when deployed abroad,” quite a lot of anxious they have been coaching for a mission nearer to house.