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Military Helicopter Exercises Planned Near Ellettsville Tuesday Night, After Bloomington Hosted Monday

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Department announced Tuesday afternoon that military training will take place northwest of Ellettsville in the evening. The annoucement said the training will last for a few hours and advises to expect loud noises in the area. 

This comes after military helicopters were seen and heard flying over Bloomington Monday night for a training exercise. 

Flyers were distributed in some neighborhoods in proximity to the training, alerting residents they would hear loud bangs and simulated weapon fire from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. 

The flyers say that the Bloomington Police Department was aware and present for the training.

In an emailed statement, a BPD spokesperson confirmed the United States Army conducted training last night and said the Army had requested their involvement to ensure safety of the public.

The statement says BPD wasn’t involved in the actual training, but helped block roadways and sidewalks in the area for passing motorists and pedestrians’ safety. 

A Tuesday statement from The City of Bloomington – Office of the Mayor stated that they were aware of Monday night's military training, and the military had asked "that broad public notification not be issued in order to not compromise the safety/security of the exercise."

The City of Bloomington said in an emailed statement that they received no compensation for hosting the exercise. 

We’ve reached out to the Army for additional information but the Army has not responded to our inquiries. 

This story will be updated.

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