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SAPD bomb squad conducts training

The San Antonio Police Department’s (SAPD) bomb squad conducted training this morning at the training academy on the city’s South Side.

In response to a public information request, Sergeant Jesse Salame, said in an email that the bomb squad routinely conducts ordinance detonation training at that location.

The department could not provide specific details about today’s training and the reason for it, but mentioned they routinely conduct training.

SAPD said they didn’t notify residents in the surrounding area for today’s training but  said they will in the future.

Niki Lake, education manager at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, confirmed that SAPD notified the outdoor education center through email on Monday for a detonation training from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The Audubon Center is a bird conservatory that educates students about outdoor science and conservation. The center is located at 10750 Pleasanton Road, three miles northeast of the training academy.

Anna Sepeda, 28, a resident of the Rosemont at University Park Apartments located next to the training academy, said she was home but didn’t hear anything.

“When we’re inside, you can’t hear much, only when you come outside,” Sepeda said. “It’s loud everyday, all day when they practice. It’s nothing but sirens and chases.”

Christina Olivarez, 21, an employee at Mini Ranch Feed Store located across the neighboring apartments, said they didn’t know what was going on when they heard the explosive noises.

“It’s sounded like someone was on the roof,” Olivarez said. “We all went outside to check.”
The police academy is located at 12200 SE Loop 410 Access Rd. More information can be found here.

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Cynthia Herrera is currently a senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio pursuing a communications with a minor in sociology. She’s obtained two associates degrees from San Antonio College, one in journalism and the other in photography. While at SAC, she was selected be Assistant-Managing Editor and then Editor of The Ranger newspaper where she was jack of all trades, juggling writing, videography and photography. She is proud of her roots as they lead her to her Mayan heritage. Her mother and grandparents are from the small town of Halacho, Yucatan. She’s attempting to learn the Mayan language from her grandparents. She’s broken down barriers by becoming the first in her family to attend and graduate from a university. She longs to live her life telling other people’s life stories using video and photography as her medium. Her biggest dream is to eventually travel the world and then travel in a Volkswagen camper with her camera in hand and her dog, June, by her side. In her spare time she enjoys antique and vintage shopping with her family, scavenging her way through small towns in search of hidden treasures.
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