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‘Did We Go to War?’: Indiana Town Rocked by Unexpected Military Exercises

© Flickr / Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper InstallationClose-up of a US Flag patch as a US Army (USA) UH-60A Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter
Close-up of a US Flag patch as a US Army (USA) UH-60A Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter - Sputnik International
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Residents of Beech Grove, Indiana, were awakened shortly after midnight Tuesday to the sound of bombs and helicopters, flooding the emergency 911 call network with requests for information and reports of explosions.

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Police officials quickly confirmed to alarmed residents that it was a scheduled military training exercise. Still, many residents took to social media to report their anger and confusion.

“Anyone know what's going on in the sky above Beech Grove right now? Did we go to war and no one mention it?” one resident tweeted.

“We’re about a block away on 14th & no one told our street. Whole neighborhood was out bc we thought the world was ending,” another noted.

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.

“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 asked on Twitter.

“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.”

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