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Ground Tremors Possible During Weekend Military Exercises at Joint Base

Increased noise and ground shaking possible during exercises

Don't mind that noise — artillery fire and demolitions training is planned at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst this weekend. 

"Residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the base ranges and may experience some ground shaking," according to a posting on the base's Facebook page

Military units from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are scheduled to take part in the training. Exercises at the Dix ranges will conclude by 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, according to the base. 

"This essential training helps ensure the readiness of America's fighting force," the post reads. 

Residents last felt the effects of base exercises in January, when explosives ordnance disposal teams trained at the range complexes located between McGuire and Dix, which is near Ocean County's border with Burlington County.

The explosions were felt throughout Ocean County, and many took to social media websites to ask what was causing the rumbles.

According to base spokesman Bill Addison, cloud cover can play a factor in how far away sound is heard. 

"The range varies depending on the weather," he said, adding that on an overcast day the sound may travel farther. The National Weather Service is calling for sunny skies Saturday and a cloudy Sunday. 

tom phillips May 22, 2012 at 06:06 AM
let it. make lots of notice and bright shells. too many don't have any real idea what the thing sounds like. trp manchester roll

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