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Um, Why Are Military Helicopters Firing Machine Guns Over Houston and Miami?

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We created a Department of Homeland Security and now it has to justify its budget, I guess.

Anyway, I don't know anything more about these stories than what's been reported: residents of Miami and Houston were startled to see military helicopters buzzing over their cities firing blank rounds from their machine guns.

Whatever the military purpose, this seems colossally stupid as it scared the bejesus out of local residents. ABC:

 The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.

SkyEye 13 HD was over the south side where at first look, it appeared there was a massive SWAT scene happening.We received a lot of phones calls, Tweets and Facebook posts from worried neighbors, wondering what was going on.

With military helicopters flying above her southeast Houston neighborhood, Frances Jerrals didn't know what to think.

"When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst," Jerrals said.

And so, she passed along her concern.

"She told me 'don't come home it sounds like we're in a war zone. Guns, shooting, helicopters flying around the house,'" Isaac Robertson Jr. said.

The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds

"I felt like I was in a warzone." Jerrals said. "It was nonstop. I was terrified."

Here's video from Houston and then Miami. (Hat-tip to Mark Steckel.)

 

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