Some say they were surprised by how loud, how low and how long the helicopters were over their homes.
Lance Cpl. Jefferson with Marine Corp Base Quantico confirmed the Marines were assisting with helicopter training over Richmond on Wednesday. Jefferson would not go into detail about the nature of the training, nor the types of aircraft flying over Central Virginia.
Frederickburg.com reported two CH53 Echo Super Stallion helicopters were training in the region and returned to North Carolina last night. In Blackstone, the Army National Guard is also doing training said their training ended around midnight and they remained in the area.
For many on Facebook and Twitter, it was a long topic of conversation Thursday, while they tried to figure out, exactly why the helicopters were hovering about.
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From Short Pump in Western Henrico County to Dinwiddie and Prince George counties, people recalled being woken from sleep by the sound. Others who were awake, say they heard the rotor blades of the helicopters as well their homes shake as they flew past.
Many were worried because they had no idea whether or not a criminal was on the run.
Fredericksburg.com reports that the helicopters will be training again tonight and that Central Virginia residents might hear the noise again tonight.