Just as Chicagoans saw Black Hawk helicopters with “heavily armed men” hanging out of them in April this year and were told it was part of a routine training exercise, so to are the residents of Minneapolis being alerted to an upcoming urban training.

WCCO (via CBS Local) stated Monday that residents are not to be alarmed if they see a similar scene of low-flying military helicopters. It reported the U.S. Special Operations Command would be conducting exercises from now through the beginning of September.

Minneapolis Residents Warned of U.S. Special Operations Command Training Exercise in Town Through Sept. 1

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Residents have begun uploading some footage of the Black Hawks flying through their city onto YouTube. Below are a few of the videos.

Minneapolis Residents Warned of U.S. Special Operations Command Training Exercise in Town Through Sept. 1

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

This footage uploaded by the user syreeves was shot from the 28th floor of the Wells Fargo Building on 90 S. and 7th St. “Yep, that’s the view outside my window,” he says:

Syreeves described the activity as three helicopters in single file that “climbed to a hover over the building, held it for about 10 seconds apiece and then took off down Marquette Ave.”

This video shows the helicopters flying around the Hennepin Avenue Bridge:

Here’s a video from the same location uploaded by the same YouTube user — G20Detainee — that shows the helicopters flying more in formation:

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