Lawrence police: Loud noises in central Lawrence are from KHP training

Loud booms that residents of central Lawrence heard Friday afternoon were likely part of law enforcement training in the area, Lawrence police said.

Lt. David Ernst of the Lawrence Police Department said the Kansas Highway Patrol was conducting training in the area of Ninth Street near the vacant Oldfather Studios.

What kind of training the agency was conducting is not clear. Ernst said LPD was not involved in the training and could not provide any further details. Officials for KHP did not respond to the Journal-World’s request for comment.

Several residents in that area contacted the Journal-World about the noise, saying they heard loud booms coming from Ninth Street on Friday afternoon. Some said they were frustrated that they were not notified in advance.

Oldfather Studios, once the home of film studies at the University of Kansas, is slated for demolition. A group led by Lawrence businessman Doug Compton has filed plans to construct a 117-bedroom apartment building near Ninth Street and Avalon Road on the site.


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