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Loud Blasts Heard Near Downtown Fort Worth From Military Training: Fort Worth Police

Fort Worth police spokesman originally said the blasts, which were heard and felt in downtown, were SWAT training

Fort Worth police now say two loud blasts heard late Wednesday morning were from a military training exercise.

Social media reports began at about 11 a.m. from people in downtown Fort Worth who heard the blasts and felt the ground shake. [[450442703, R]]

Fort Worth police spokesman Sgt. Bradley Perez told NBC 5 that the police SWAT team was conducting training at a city facility on the 1000 block of Calvert Street, near the Trinity River just north of downtown.

However, Fort Worth police then tweeted, "Military training occurring near downtown area. Any explosions being heard are due to this training."

Asked to clarify the information, Perez told NBC 5 that the training exercise was from military training only, and not SWAT training.

A Facebook post from Fort Worth police included additional information, stating:

"Elements of the U.S. Army are conducting training in designated parts of Tarrant County and Fort Worth, TX. The training involves the use of demolitions. Sounds associated with the training may be heard in the local area. The Sheriff and Police Department(s) are aware of the training and if requested, law enforcement personnel and/or military personnel will respond to calls requiring additional assistance. The U.S. Army sincerely appreciates the cooperation of the citizens and local businesses in the vicinity of this training and apologizes for any disturbances it may cause."

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