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Loud booms and helicopters in downtown LA? That was an Army training exercise

By ALENE TCHEKMEDYIAN | Los Angeles Times | Published: February 6, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Tribune News Service) — Low-flying helicopters and a series of loud booms in downtown Los Angeles on Monday startled some people who complained on social media. But Los Angeles police said there's no reason to be alarmed.

The noises were part of a U.S. Army training exercise involving aircraft and weapon simulations in urban settings. The training is set to run through Saturday in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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"Residents may hear sounds associated with the training," the LAPD said in a news release.

"Each location selected enables special operations teams and flight crews to maintain maximum readiness and proficiency, validate equipment and exercise standard safety procedures. The training is essential to ensure service members are fully trained and prepared to defend our nation overseas."

Police said residents near the training locations would be notified beforehand. But some on social media said they were caught off guard.

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