82nd Airborne exercises shake up homes, loud aircraft heard on election night near Holly Springs :: WRAL.com

— On Wednesday night, dozens of locals began posting on social media about the strange sound of loud, low-flying aircraft rattling homes near Holly Springs, Apex and Clayton.

Social media buzzed with people asking whether or not Ft. Bragg was having a training exercise – or who else could be responsible for all of the commotion.

Exercise Panther Storm 2 involved dropping heavy vehicles, ammunition and artillery. Image courtesy of 82nd Airborne Division

“Exercise Panther Storm 2 kicked off last night with a bang,” said Lt. Col. Mike Burns, Public Affairs Officer for the 82nd Airborne Division.

Last night’s operations included air assault and airborne operation of more than 900 personnel, heavy dropped equipment and a lot of Paratroopers getting great training on their combat mission.

Exercise Panther Storm 2 involved dropping heavy vehicles, ammunition and artillery. Image courtesy of 82nd Airborne Division

On social media, people were checking out the Flightradar24 app to try and determine who was flying around.

“I was in Fuquay around 7:30 tonight and heard 3-4 planes flying really low,”

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