‘The house was shaking’: Downtown residents experience second night of military training

One woman said she hid in her shower, was unaware of what was going on

The U.S. Army continues to conduct military training exercises in certain parts of the downtown and the central area of San Antonio this week. Residents share their experiences from night one of training and what little notification they received.

SAN ANTONIOUpdated Wednesday at 4:25 p.m.:

Some viewers in Southdown are reporting more loud noises and explosions that are shaking their houses believed to be attributed to military drills as of Wednesday afternoon.


As the Army continues its training around downtown San Antonio this week, residents said some helicopters were flying so low that they rattled their homes.

The Army training started on Monday and will continue every evening through Friday.

Military members will use this time to train on mobility operations and close-quarter combat via ground and air. Residents in the downtown area should expect to see low-flying helicopters, simulated gunfire and controlled explosions.

A news release from the City of San Antonio states that the training will not have direct contact with residents, but some locals said that the simulations happened close to their homes.

Downtown-area resident Teresa Garces told KSAT that she hid in her shower because she was unaware of the training.

“With what’s been going on, what else are we supposed to think?” she said, adding that she heard what sounded like a bomb on the side of her house.

“The house was shaking, my pictures were cattywampus,” she said.

Garces learned about the training after calling her neighbors.

Another resident, Stephen Jones, told KSAT that he knew about the training. Tuesday night’s action was more of an adrenaline rush than fear for him.

“It was pretty cool, interesting, a little excitement,” he said.

The city’s 911 or 311 call centers did not receive any calls or emails from locals as of Tuesday afternoon, the news release states.

The training will take place this week from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.