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Don't Panic: Smoke and Flames from LAX is LAFD Training

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If you happen to have spotted a plume of smoke in the vicinity of Los Angeles International Airport in the very early morning hours today, rest assured our massive travel hub is safe. Today and tomorrow the Los Angeles Fire Department is expected to conduct a set of federally mandated "live fire" training exercises, explains the LAFD blog.

The training site at LAX is used by LAFD Airport Rescue Fire Fighters who work at both LAX and Van Nuys Airport. "Historically, smoke from this Federally mandated training has been visible more than 30 miles from the airport," explains LAFD Spokesman Brian Humphrey "We wish to emphasize there is no cause for public alarm."

Weather permitting, a second set of training exercises will take place tomorrow morning between 3 and 6 a.m.