Residents upset they were not told about police training, explosions

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Residents in east Wichita heard loud explosions Monday.

“So then we were scared, because there was a SWAT team and explosions,” says Wichita resident, Tammy Pinto. “The third one rattled my whole house and Christina was coming in the house and at that point we were like, lock the doors, everyone in, we don’t know what’s happening.”

An 89-year-old neighbor called 911.

“With a loud boom… I went out, nobody from the neighborhood was out,” says Charlotte Kleffner. “So I looked around, called 911, they couldn’t tell me anything. She said, ‘I don’t know. Do you see smoke somewhere?'”

Turns out it was training. SWAT officials were doing tactical exercises in a neighborhood off Douglas and West Parkway.

And Police Chief Gordon Ramsay issued an apology for all area residents not being notified.

“I sincerely apologize to the residents who were alarmed and upset by this incident and it will not happen again,” said Chief Ramsay.

Ramsay also went on to say that a year ago he mandated improved training notifications to area property owners. He said his orders were not followed.

City council member Pete Meitzner apologized as well on behalf of the police department.

“I was told just this morning by some residents about this,” says Meitzner. “And I will apologize on behalf of the Wichita Police Department. This just seems like they could have done a better job of communicating.”

Even with the apology from the chief, Pinto says while she supports the police and all they do, she doesn’t like being alarmed for no reason.

“Good grief, just tell us next time,” said Pinto.

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