Loud blasts, military training to continue in Tarrant County

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There will be more loud but harmless explosions from military training in Tarrant County on Thursday.

The startling blasts prompted a flood of 911 calls in Fort Worth on Wednesday. FOX 4 viewers reported hearing explosions and seeing smoke. Some said their cars and buildings shook.

But it turns out there was no cause for concern since the explosions were part of a military training exercise.

The city of Fort Worth said it was notified of the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces training earlier in the summer. It was originally scheduled for September and the plans never included explosives. Then, plans were delayed indefinitely until two days ago.

That was when the Fort Worth Police Department and the mayor's office were notified the training was back on and would involve explosions. While the mayor's officer and police didn't talk on camera, both expressed frustrations that the U.S. Army didn't afford them a heads up on the timing of the blasts.

Fear then turned to frustration for neighbors who wish they too had gotten a heads up about what was going on.

Railroad contractor Washington Jones said he and several other construction workers almost abandoned their job site when they heard the large booms.

“We were getting ready to leave because we didn't know exactly what it was,” Jones said. “And the sound and vibration was huge!"

Some others took to social media.

Caleb Hixon wrote, “We all felt our building shake and saw a cloud of smoke just north of downtown. Any idea what this was from?”

A nearby convenience store clerk said customers were caught off guard.

Roughly about 40 minutes after the exercise began, Fort Worth police released a statement but also told FOX 4 the communication from the defense department was not as timely as intended.

"Elements of the US Army are conducting training" ... that "involves the use of demolitions." They said that the U.S. Army "apologizes for any disturbances it may cause."

Officials said the same type of exercise is set to take place on Thursday at an undisclosed location in the Arlington-Mansfield area.

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