Swarms of mysterious military helicopters terrify LA residents amid silence from Pentagon

Dozens of mysterious blacked-out military helicopters were filmed flying close to the ground over Los Angeles this week. The helicopters conducted a series of bizarre exercises, such as circling highways and landings on top of skyscrapers in the downtown area. The Pentagon refused to comment on the bizarre sight, which sparked a range of conspiracy theories online.

The US military is keeping silent on the videos posted on social media showing unidentified blacked-out helicopters flying over the city.

Some of the helicopters are flying with their lights off in a mysterious covert move.

The videos uploaded onto Twitter quickly sparked an online frenzy, with several users confused over what was going on, while others feared an “invasion”. 

A local LA resident tweeted: “So 4 Apache helicopters just flew over the 5 freeway in formation, heading straight for downtown LA. What’s going on?”

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One video, which showed the helicopters, included the caption: “Anyone know what’s happening with all of these helicopters landing and then flying away in DTLA?”

Another quieted: “Anyone know what is going on with these four helicopters flying in circles really low, fast and with their lights off through the NELA and DTLA areas?

“Is this some kind of helicopter race or chase? Any MTA employees know anything?”

One person responded: “Definitely MH-6 ‘Little Birds’. Apparently they’ve been flying and doing touch-and-go’s over Downtown LA all night.

“Most likely 160th SOAR. There is an exercise off So Cal coast. Odds are, 160th is still in town.”

The military affairs expert said: “Sometimes they even work with federal law enforcement direct action teams, like the FBI’s vaunted Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and folks from the intelligence community.

“This type of military operations in urban terrain training is precisely what people are seeing over downtown Los Angeles tonight.”

Rogoway claimed that the Pentagon give “little if any warning to the public” before starting such drills.

He blamed this secrecy for “always causing everything from great concern to outlandish conspiracy theories”.

Last week, two members of the elite SOAR were killed after their Blackhawk helicopter crashed on San Clemente Island off San Diego.

Manchester lockdown: Labour Mayor Andy Burnham urges residents to IGNORE PM's orders

Several areas of the northwest of England where people were told in late July that there was to be no visiting another household, even in a garden, are having those restrictions lifted from now on. However, local leaders in two of them, Bolton and Trafford, have expressed their preference to retain the measures amid fears of a spike in coronavirus infections in recent days. Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham told BBC Radio 4’s Today show why he did not agree with the Government’s latest move.

When asked what his advice for people in Bolton and Trafford was, Mr Burnham said: “To continue to follow the guidance, which is not to have social gatherings in the home.

“We find ourselves in a completely unsustainable position this morning, that’s the politest way I can put it.

“Overnight we’ve had restrictions released from two boroughs where we’ve got a rising number of cases. In one case, in the red zone.

“Neighbouring boroughs are still under restrictions with much lower numbers of cases.”

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The Manchester mayor continued: “So these restrictions were always hard to explain to the public but they’re completely illogical now.

“Now we need to agree an exit strategy with the Government from these restrictions.

“We need to move toward the interventions which we have found to be much more effectve.

“Particularly door-to-door intervention to do testing, tracing and messaging.”

Mr Burham told the BBC: “The leaders of Bolton and Trafford council wrote to the Government saying they felt that they wanted to stay under the restrictions.

“As an interim measure, if you like, before we can move to a new phase of this.

“They, as far as I understand, didn’t receive a response and certainly the leader of Trafford council said last week that they didn’t want to come out of restrictions.

“The Government didn’t go with what he was saying.

“He continues to say that the logic here is to minimise social gathering in the home, and we would say that to people.”

Emotional support chickens help residents

TINLEY PARK – Two hens have found a home among residents of a Tinley Park memory care community.

There’s comfort dogs and equine therapy, now add chickens to the mix of animals providing emotional support to humans.

The feathered friends are bringing a sense of calm and purpose to Porter Place.

“I’m always constantly looking for new and creative innovative programming ideas for our seniors here,” Life Engagement Director Jennifer Boonstra said. “Giving them meaningful opportunities to engage not just in your typical kind of activities not just bingo and arts and crafts thinking outside of the box and giving them meaningful things to do.”

Boonstra said a lot of the seniors grew up on farms and they reminisce of taking care of chickens.

“My mother is going to be 98 actually this October and she grew up in a time when it was very common to have chickens and other things in the backyard,” said Pat Monahan, daughter of Porter Place resident.

The chickens are actually rented. They’ll go back to their farm during the winter. But the facility is planning for their return in the spring.

Wales horror: Llangennech residents flee homes after huge blaze engulfs train

Harrowing pictures and footage from social media showed billowing smoke and flames reaching into the sky over Llangennech. A local councillor has said a major incident has been declared as a result of the fire. Police have cordoned off roads, and advised people to avoid the area.

Dyfed-Powys Police Superintendent Ross Evans said: “This is a fast-moving situation, which has been declared a major incident.

“There are a significant number of emergency services personnel at the scene, and an evacuation zone has been put in place.

“Officers are in contact with people within that area asking them to leave their homes, and we urge people to comply with officers’ requests to ensure a swift and efficient evacuation.

“We are working closely with our colleagues at British Transport Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Carmarthenshire Council, and Natural Resources Wales to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.”

As a result of the blaze, an 800 metre evacuation zone was put in place.

Nearby residents were told to convene at Bryn School and Llangennech Community Centre.

One Twitter user noted they spotted “at least 14 Fire Engines, 4 Ambulances, 12 Police Cars/Vans.”

Reaction came in on social media, with many sending their best wishes to the firefighters and residents.

One Twitter user said: “Well I hope everyone down at Llangennech is ok. Not a nice thing to see.”

Another added: “It looks like a train on fire.

“Definitely fuel burning earlier – could smell it from well over a mile away.”

China coronavirus horror: Residents chained up in cruel forced lockdown

There has been a resurgence of the deadly coronavirus in the region’s capital of Urumqi. Beijing has declared “wartime” conditions in the state. China has been implementing extreme measures to contain the virus.

In the region, there is a brutal campaign against the Uyghur Muslim minority.

An estimated three million people are understood to have been thrown into camps.

These camps are split into those for men, women, and special prison-like ‘orphanages’ for children.

Reports have been leaked from the high surveillance region of severe human rights abuses.

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“From the window?

“Now that even our basic personal safety cannot be guaranteed, why do we care about fighting the virus?”

Even cities with zero cases of coronavirus have been placed in lockdown with many not able to get enough daily food.

One social media user said that other parts of China had not been subject to the same lockdown measures.

But, in contrast, a comment on social media said: “The whole of Xinjiang is under lockdown without exception.”

Uyghur’s in Xinjiang have also complained about being forced to drink traditional herbal medicine.

The Chinese government has promoted traditional medicine as a remedy for coronavirus.

China coronavirus horror: Terrified US residents receive face masks with own DATA on them

In one region of Florida, local news station WFLA reported one resident from the city of Clearwater received two packages of the face masks. The packages did not have an exact return address – though some of labelling indicated it was from Shanghai, China.

Sharp told the news station: “I was afraid to even open it after I saw it.”

“All of this information, including my cell phone number, [was] on there … I was afraid to even open it after I saw it.

“I didn’t want to keep it in my house.”

However, analysts have now pointed to an explanation – the unordered packages may be part of what is called a brushing scam.

Face mask label

Face mask deliveries (not pictured) have been turning up around the US (Image: Smith Collection / Gado / Getty)

US association the Better Business Bureau this month released a statement detailing the scam, which it said is “popping up all over the country.”

The BBB said: “Often, the items received are lightweight and inexpensive to ship, such as ping pong balls, or more recently, face masks or seeds from China.”

“The companies, usually foreign, third-party sellers that are sending the items are simply using your address that they discovered online.

“Their intention is to make it appear as though you wrote a glowing online review of their merchandise, and that you are a verified buyer of that merchandise.

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Coronavirus spam graph (Image: EXPRESS)

“They then post a fake, positive review to improve their products’ ratings, which means more sales for them. The payoff is highly profitable from their perspective.”

Anyone who receives such unwarranted items should keep an eye on their bank statements, notify retailers such as Amazon, and change their account passwords.

The unsolicited deliveries have also happened elsewhere. A woman in Ohio reported receiving a package with just one face mask inside.

She told WCPO news station that package had “what appeared to be Chinese writing on the side.”

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Coronavirus face masks

People wearing face masks in California, US (Image: Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Several reports of similar packages arriving to homes in the US state of Virginia have led police in the state’s Tazewell County to issue a statement.

The statement, posted to Facebook this week, read: “Have you received face masks from China that you didn’t order?

“Members of our community have begun receiving these packages. Our recommendation is if you didn’t order it throw it away.

“Just like with the seeds that have been sent it is not recommended using the mask sent to you – throw the mask away.”

Face masks box

US associations have said the deliveries are part of a ‘brushing scam’ (Image: Donat Sorokin / TASS / Getty)

Last month, similar unwarranted packages began to turn up on doorsteps in all 50 states of the US.

These packages contained seeds – at least 14 which were later identified by the US Department of Agriculture.

The USDA said some of the seeds were mustard, cabbage, roses, and herbs including lavender.

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The BBB said the scam could be used to boost user reviews (Image: Westend61 / Getty)

The department added: “At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.

“Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.”

TSA: 2 residents caught with loaded guns at airport

Two Cumberland County residents were found bringing loaded guns through a security checkpoint at Harrisburg International Airport in separate incidents on Wednesday.

In the first incident, a Mechanicsburg man was stopped with a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets that he had tucked into his laptop case, TSA said.

In the second incident, a Wormleysburg woman was caught with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 12 bullets that she was carrying in her purse, TSA said.

In each case, TSA officers alerted the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority Police, which cited each person on state weapons charges.

The incidents mark the second and third guns caught at the airport this month after a Lancaster County woman was stopped on Aug. 1 with a pink handgun at the checkpoint.

TSA recently announced that its officers are detecting firearms at a higher rate during the pandemic than they did last year, despite fewer passengers at the airport. In July, TSA said its officers detected 15.3 guns per million people last month, compared to 5.1 guns per million people screened during July 2019. TSA estimates it has screened about 75% fewer passengers in July 2020 over the previous year’s volume.

Parham Airfield fire: Suffolk residents issued with urgent warning over 'hazardous' blaze

Suffolk Fire and Rescue said on Twitter: “Our crews are currently attending a fire at a premises near Parham Airfield.

“Due to the amount of smoke in the area, local residents and businesses are advised to keep doors and windows closed.

“Drivers are also asked to avoid the area.”

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Residents say gas explosion jolted homes

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Residents in the northwest Baltimore neighborhood where a gas explosion leveled at least three homes say the explosion rocked their homes blocks away.

Several residents said they smelled gas just before the explosion that killed two people died and injured seven others around 9:54 a.m. along Labyrinth Road at Reisterstown Road near Brookhill Road. Neighbors worry another blast could happen.

“It was catastrophic. It was like a bomb like you watch things in other countries where they have like bombings and things like that,” neighbor Dean Jones said. “It was like watching that in real life. Telephone poles split, I mean, houses down the block, broken glass. When I initially got there, I could hear a voice just saying ‘Help,’ it’s crazy. It’s something I don’t ever wanna see ever again; I don’t want to relive it ever again.”

Jones, who lived a few blocks away, said when he heard the explosion, he took off running.

“I had no shoes, somebody had to bring me my shoes. I took off running down the street, neighbors were looking at me like I was kind of crazy like ‘What’s going on?’ and ‘Where is it, where is it?’ So once I got to the alley, I could see the smoke, and I just took off and a couple other neighbors joined with me,” Jones said. “I was just like, ‘Let’s just see if there’s anybody in there,’ and we started calling out ‘Is anybody in there? Is anybody in there?’ And I could hear a voice just like ‘Help, help’ so we just started digging in moving bricks. I mean everything, all kinds of debris, like parts of a fence like, we weren’t even thinking, you could hear gas in the background it was crazy.”

“I heard a kaboom and I thought it was a car or something and when I came out, I seen the debris and something’s gone, totally gone,” one man told WJZ reporter Paul Gessler, calling it a mess and chaos.

Another woman said when they arrived at the scene, they could hear hissing that sounded like a gas leak. Despite that, people rushed into the rubble to see if they could help people trapped, she said.


The gas explosion was so strong it was felt miles away.

Miss Shirley said she was sleeping when the explosion happened. Her apartment door flew open suddenly and she heard a loud boom.

“I just heard this boom like an explosion, my door flew open in my apartment in the basement of the house my door flew open and I was like, I didn’t know what was going, the lights went out and I was like ‘Oh my god’ and it was like the earth shook! I didn’t know and I came outside and I saw all the damage everywhere, I mean it scared me to death, scared me to death,” she said. “I started crying, I’m thanking God because it could’ve been worse, it could’ve been worse.”

Ninety-year-old Caroline told WJZ she was in her kitchen several homes away when the explosion rocked her home. Her windows and door were blown out.

“When I looked out, all I could see was rubble laying in the street,” she recalled.

When she called up her family, she told them the blast left her homeless.

“I really don’t know how to explain it, I’ve been going through hell. I’ve never been through anything like this in my life and I’m 90 years old,” she said.

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Neighbor Pamela Griffin was still trying to come to grips with the tragedy.

“It could’ve been… I could have been dead,” she said.

Right after the explosion, many took to social media to ask if anyone knew what was happening.

A man who lives in Mount Washington, more than three miles away from the explosion, felt it in his home.

“I was sitting at my desk doing work when my entire house shook suddenly for a couple seconds. I ran to the windows because I thought something had happened outside. Then I found out the explosion took place more than three miles from my home — that goes to show you just how tremendously powerful that blast was,” he told WJZ.

Employees at the nearby Applebees told WJZ they could feel the explosion a couple of blocks away.

WJZ’s Annie Rose Ramos interviewed Albert, who was nearby as well. He said he thought it was one of his family members at first since many of them live on that block across the street.

“The first thing I did was run outside and I looked for my mother. She was right there by the car so I made sure she was okay. Then I ran to look for everybody,” he said.

He said everybody’s windows are blown out, then he saw the three houses had collapsed.

“Then I saw someone else, he was helping to get the young lady out, you could hear her yelling, ‘Help, help, hello, hello,’” he said.

“I know I didn’t have on the proper footgear but of course, as anyone should do, the first thing I did was jump into action to try to save her. Went and threw cinderblocks and debris to the side to try to get to her. But it was so much debris, cinder blocks, rubble all that to try to get to her,” he added.

He said when they saw the firefighters come it “really did give us some type of relief.”

“But, even when the firefighters did come, the first thing we told them was, we need more people,” he said. “It just wasn’t enough. We could tell there was a lot more people under there.”

WJZ reporters Paul Gessler, Annie Rose Ramos, Ava-joye Burnett, Kelsey Kushner and Rachel Menitoff contributed to this report.

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