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Blackhawk helicopters buzz Chicago skies for training exercise

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Low-flying Blackhawk helicopters buzzed the Chicago skies Monday night, sparking speculation on social media and leaving many to wonder if the city was under attack.

Witnesses described several "dark" helicopters flying in formation with their lights off, circling several the Willis Tower and River North area around 6 p.m.

On Facebook, multiple stories ranged from a movie shoot to training for the "Air and Water Show." Some even pondered if it was extra security for the Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert at Soldier Field. Still, a few couldn't help but think the city was being invaded.

Not to fret, though - it's only a drill. The city is providing support for routine military training exercises around the area.

This training happens across the country and is designed to ensure the military's ability to operate in urban environments, as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.

A statement from the city's Office of Emergency Management ensures that "the training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents."

The training runs from July 22 to July 25 and is not open to the public.

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