Loud Booms in Downtown LA? That Was an Army Training Exercise

Los Angeles skyscrapers and Griffith Observatory at sunset. (Getty image)
Los Angeles skyscrapers and Griffith Observatory at sunset. (Getty image)

A series of loud booms that rocked downtown Los Angeles on Monday night 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.

"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.

This article is written by Alene Tchekmedyian from The Los Angeles Times and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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