‘The house was shaking’: Downtown residents experience second night of military training

As the Army continues its training around downtown San Antonio this week, residents said some helicopters were flying so low that they rattled their homes.

The Army training started on Monday and will continue every evening through Friday.

Military members will use this time to train on mobility operations and close-quarter combat via ground and air. Residents in the downtown area should expect to see low-flying helicopters, simulated gunfire and controlled explosions.

A news release from the City of San Antonio states that the training will not have direct contact with residents, but some locals said that the simulations happened close to their homes.

Downtown-area resident Teresa Garces told KSAT that she hid in her shower because she was unaware of the training.

“With what’s been going on, what else are we supposed to think?” she said, adding that she heard what sounded like a bomb on the side of her house.

“The house was shaking, my pictures were cattywampus,” she said.

Garces learned about the training after calling her neighbors.

Another resident, Stephen Jones, told KSAT that he knew about the training. Tuesday night’s action was more of an adrenaline rush than fear for him.

“It was pretty cool, interesting, a little excitement,” he said.

The city’s 911 or 311 call centers did not receive any calls or emails from locals as of Tuesday afternoon, the news release states.

The training will take place this week from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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