Sound of gunfire and explosions possible during training in Raleigh on Sunday


A map showing where roads will be closed or blocked in some way on Sunday morning

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Raleigh Police said that some residents might hear gunfire and “small explosions” during a training exercise in the city on Sunday morning.

“The Raleigh Police Department’s is coordinating a large-scale but routine tactical training exercise,” said Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. Sunday and will take place at the U.S. Navy Reserve Training Center at 2725 Western Blvd., Sughrue said in the release.

Several roads will be closed in the area during the event “to park and stage vehicles and equipment” related to the exercise, police said.  A similar exercise was held in mid-November.

One inbound lane of Western Boulevard between Dan Allen Drive and Avent Ferry Road will be closed, while Dan Allen Drive south of Western Boulevard will be completely closed.

“During the exercise, sounds resembling small explosions and gunfire may be heard,” Sughrue said. “Such sounds will be part of the exercise scenario and will not be cause for alarm,” he added.

According to police, in addition to the U.S. Navy Reserve Training Center, the groups participating in the exercise include:

The N.C. State University Emergency Communications Center
The N.C. State University Police Department
The Raleigh Fire Department
The Raleigh Police Department
The Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center
The Wake County Department of Emergency Medical Services
The Wake County Emergency Management Department

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