Military training turns noisy at former school site

A military training exercise Wednesday night at the dormant Beauvoir Elementary School turned into more than police expected after three Black Hawk helicopters and simulated machine gun fire became part of the two-and-a-half-hour exercise.

Police have fielded a handful of calls from neighbors asking about the ruckus, which apparently involved about 20 service members.

“It’s all done with the approval of the city and Biloxi Public Schools, which owns the site,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. “Training of this sort has been done numerous times, even at this site, in fact, and they’re usually in and out before anyone even notices.”

Added Miller: “This time it was just a little noisier than expected, and had we known we would have made more of an effort to let the nearby residents know.”