Los Angeles got a good scare Monday night as a series of loud booms rocked downtown and military helicopters buzzed overhead.
But it was all just a drill, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The disturbances were part of military training exercises using weapons and aircraft in city environments. The drills will last through Saturday and will also be carried out in Long Beach.
“Residents may hear sounds associated with the training. Each location selected enables special operations teams and flight crews to maintain maximum readiness and proficiency, validate equipment and exercise standard safety procedures," the LAPD said in a statement. "The training is essential to ensure service members are fully trained and prepared to defend our nation overseas.”
Many residents, however, said they knew nothing about the exercises and took to social media to voice their discontent.
I feel like they could have gotten the word out about this a little better, says the terrified mom frantically searching Twitter https://t.co/H9K9L7FZuD— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) February 5, 2019
Nothing To See Here, Folks. Just Your Average Military Urban Warfare Exercises In The Middle Of Downtown L.A. Nothing To Worry About. Everyone Go Home (and shelter in place). #MAGA #KAG https://t.co/SEB9v7LRT0— Free The Eagle 🇺🇸 (@Banded_Eagle) February 5, 2019
Hey @MayorOfLA - you want to do military exercises in #dtla? Cool man, just Warn Us. You got a generation of post-9/11 folks frantically refreshing to find out if there’s a need for us to book it out of town.— Joanna Leitch (@jo_leitch) February 5, 2019
Helicopters were seen zooming over Wilshire Boulevard, with soldiers rappelling onto rooftops below. One helicopter even set down in the street.