PROVIDENCE, R. I. – Some Rhode Island residents say that they never received a warning about military exercises last week that included helicopters buzzing over the treetops, and simulated explosions.
Army representatives referred comment on Tuesday to the Rhode Island National Guard, which says it tried to help alert residents of a Providence neighborhood before the Friday night practice.
A National Guard spokesman says that the Army wanted an urban environment to practice special operations tactics.
The Army sent a release on the 4th June to say there would be a week of training in the state and the residents would receive more info.
An automated message is sent to nearby mobile phones shortly before the exercise.
The spokesperson says that the police and Army went from door to door in the neighborhood of the training site, but notice everyone was impossible.