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under siege or just for fun?

Original post made by Walter on May 6, 2012

Ok, so I double-checked that I didn't miss a news alert, but for the past twenty minutes, heavy military helicopters have been paralleling the ridge and 680 on our side of town. Possibly a Camp Parks exercise, but nothing announced and a bit disconcerting on a Sunday night when some of us have to be awake in less than 5 hours to go to work. I'm as patriotic as the rest of Pleasanton, but am wishing there was something in the local news as warning so that I can decide whether to hit the sack again and hope for a short sleep or hit the bunker!

Comments (12)

Posted by Take Cover!, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

I heard that too...but prior to the helicopters circling, there were a lot of sirens and then the helicopters showed up. Spotlights and all. Looked like they were searching the arroyo.

Posted by InkedShootersWife, a resident of Val Vista
on May 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

We heard this too, in fact it woke me up. Do we have any idea as to what was going on yet?

Posted by careful, a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

Can someone from the Weekly Staff investigate and let us know?


Posted by Ggomez, a resident of Val Vista
on May 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Why was it not reported on news!
If it was an exercise ,shame on them not warning the neighborhood! Honestly why are things kept so secretive around Pleasanton ! Makes you wonder. Right!?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

I saw a bright flash of light at about 10pm coming from the foothills. I thought it was lightning, but didn't hear any thunder. Then I convinced myself it was a reflection from the TV.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on May 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I'm sure esteves really believes something, but adults are talking now, so please leave them room.

I wonder if a helicopter crashed or hit an electrical wire.

Posted by heard it too, a resident of Valley Trails
on May 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Heard the commotion too - around 11.15pm last night - heard the police sirens and then the helicopters. The helicopters had their search lights on and seemed to be circling around the West Las Positas overpass over the 680. Went on for about 15 minutes then the helicopters left. Didn't see anything mentioned in the news today.

Posted by Samantha, a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I am in downtown and was awake but heard or saw nothing-yet a friend over by the sportspark on Parkside said the helicopter was just above the rooflines of the houses.

Posted by cooper, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

i was awake and saw the helicopter. is was just circling around for about 15 minutes. i also heard a lot of sirens and a loud speaker. i live off muirwood and could clearly see the chopper. And could 100% hear a voice over a loud speaker. i thought there was a high speed or something because the spot light was on.

Posted by maria, a resident of Val Vista
on May 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

We heard the sirens first then the helicopter with search lights on circling over the houses and the arroyo. Went on for about 15 minutes started about 11:00 pm any idea what was happening

Posted by Dennis, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

Has any one found out what was really going on?

Posted by Walter, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Nope, have not seen a clue or any explanation in the PW here, although editorial staff has been here deleting irrelevant posts. It would be nice if they followed up, given that so many of us were baffled.

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