After last summer's Jade Helm military drills, and just weeks after FEMA's mass arrest drills in Texas, it is little wonder that the residents of Beech Grove, Indiana were terrified upon being awoken last night by the sound of bombs and helicopters, and flooded the emergency 911 call network with requests for information and reports of explosions. As Sputnik News reports, police officials quickly confirmed to alarmed residents that it was a scheduled military training exercise.
While some residents reported being forewarned of the late night drill, many others were taken by surprise. Members of the community reported hearing what sounded like bombs and seeing low-flying helicopters.
As FOX59 reported, Beech Grove residents say they saw helicopters flying low over the area and heard what sounded like several loud explosions.
According to police officials, this activity was part of a scheduled military training exercise near the old St. Francis Hospital.
Police say this was training exercise was scheduled and there is no threat to anyone in the area.
Many viewers were upset about the drills, saying they didn't have any advance warning and were alarmed by the loud noises. Some people said they received a knock on the door letting them know what was going on.
Local news covered the event...
Several residents took to social media to write about the training exercises and what they saw...
Anyone know what's going on in the sky above Beech Grove right now? Did we go to war and no one mention it?— Mary @ Trusty Chucks (@themarygraham) May 24, 2016
it sounds like bombs are going off in beech grove...— miranda cochran (@mirandaxcochran) May 24, 2016
anybody else see about half a dozen black choppers flying super low over the beech grove area? Also sounded like shots or explosions?— Brian Forrester (@BrianForrester1) May 24, 2016
“We’re sorry people were startled,” Beech Grove Police Capt. Robert Mercuri told the Indianapolis Star. “We hope they understand that the city of Beech Grove was trying to help the people who protect us everyday.”
Are these increasingly regular training sessions a harbinger of things to come?With Anti-Trump protesters being arrested en masse just today, one wonders.
For now it is unclear, however as Paul Joseph Watson notes, "police departments across the country are buying riot gear in expectation of more Ferguson-style civil unrest sweeping the country." Maybe they know something.