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Why are there helicopters circling over Pittsburgh?

PITTSBURGH — Monday night several helicopters were seen flying low over the city, causing many Pittsburghers to question what was happening.

At Channel 11 we received several calls, and got many more messages on the WPXI Facebook page.

Viewers reported as many as six helicopters over the city, sometimes flying at heights that appeared to be just a few hundred feet above the ground.


Channel 11 reached out to public safety officials and we're told it is part of a military training exercise

"This is a planned exercise in cooperation with local authorities and is not in response to any current events. The exercise is expected to have minimal impact on the public," a release from the city on July 20 said.

If you have pictures of the helicopters we'd like to see them. Please email or message them to us on the WPXI Facebook page.