BLOOMINGTON – The U.S. Army has apologized after late-night military training exercises this week in Bloomington caught some residents by surprise with low-flying helicopters, simulated gunfire and explosions.
While many residents on the city's south side were warned through flyers about late Monday and early Tuesday's training exercises, others were not, and the noises left them rattled and wondering what was happening in the middle of the night.
The Army had National Guard members deliver paper notices to some residents in the training area, said Elise Van Pool, deputy public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where the soldiers participating in the training are stationed.
But residents of the Sunny Slopes neighborhood were not notified in advance and were surprised as helicopters flew low and without lights over their homes, the Herald-Times reported.
Bloomington city spokeswoman Yael Ksander said the city was asked to limit public notice about the training.