The images showed hundreds of tank-like vehicles being hauled on a train over the past week, with some social media users tying the movement to Gov. Gavin Newsom's deployment of the California National Guard to assist with COVID-19 aid efforts.
But the Ventura County Sheriff's Department explained on Tuesday that "tanks on train cars" are not related to the state's efforts to fight the pandemic. The vehicles appear to be Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
"Just our brave service members moving equipment… There is no reason to be alarmed," the Sheriff's Department said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva have both emphasized that the National Guard troops haven't officially been mobilized in the county — and that any help they provide would be humanitarian in nature.