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Police Investigating Reported Explosions In Pine Lake Park

Police have received reports of 19 incidents since mid-August

Manchester police continue to investigate reports of explosions felt within the township's Pine Lake Park section over the past nearly two months. 

"We know that they're occurring," said Capt. Lisa Parker. The cause, though, is still under investigation by detectives.

Police have received reports of 19 explosions in various locations throughout the residential area which lies between Ridgeway Boulevard and Route 37. Those incidents occurred between Aug. 17 and Oct. 4 on 14 separate days. 

"They're all calling because they heard the same explosion. That's how we know we have 19 incidents on 14 separate days," Parker said. 

Most explosions have been heard by residents at night and officers have never heard an explosion while on patrol, according to the captain.

"It's not happening at the same location every time," Parker said.

"They are extremely loud and cause great concern," said Monmouth Avenue resident Renee Piercy in an email to Manchester Patch. She said that she has heard blasts "numerous times."

Piercy said that in one instance, she was outside when she heard two blasts and then noticed fire in the woods. Police and fire officials responded to the scene and took her statement, she said.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the explosions, Parker said. Detectives are actively following up on leads and Parker said that anyone with information should contact the department at 732-657-2009.

Residents throughout Ocean County have felt the booming effects of exercises at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst range complexes, which are located between McGuire and Dix near Ocean County's border with Burlington County.

But Bill Addison, the base's media relations chief, said that from speaking with police it seems residents in Pine Lake Park are experiencing the effects of something more local. 

Some on social media have speculated that aircraft testing — such as a plane breaking the sound barrier and causing a sonic boom — could be a cause of the sounds. 

But that seems unlikely, as "none of the aircraft that are stationed at the installation have that capability," Addison said. 

NYTEWYND October 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Greg thanx so much for covering this.Hopefully this information will help settle concerns of the township residents.
Bryan October 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I ve heard them several times & itsa much different sound than the ones we hear from the base. These sound close but not as powerful. Thes base shake the ground and sound much deeper
Stan Buchwald October 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM
NYTEWYND, Please tell me your not serious. This article gives no info at all. How about the mention of what was on fire in the woods. Anything ?
RayneL October 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I've lived in Manchester all my life and experience the occasional shakes and blasts every now and then, though its a bit odd that it has become so frequent lately -- it's just the base, nothing to really be concerned about. I've been hearing stories of the testing and playing with new things, either way its our men and women who protect and fight for us.
Sony October 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM
A fire in the woods? Where? And these noises are not from the base. I live right outside the base and am familiar with those noises. There are other explosion sounds that I have noticed are louder and result in ground shaking and seem to be louder in the pine lake park area than in my area.
Vince Robinson October 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
On a couple of nights in August I recall hearing more than one of these in the west side of Pine Lake Park. They sounded like either a transformer or fuse exploding, or a very large firecracker. They were at night and certainly not from the base. Sounds from the base consist more of shaking and low rumble, these sounds were much sharper and had less ground vibration. I don't recall hearing them in the past several weeks though.
Sony October 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Yes those are the sounds I'm talking about. It seems that when the attention started they got quiet. I'm wondering if its maybe some teenagers goofing off at sarco...
jeff October 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I live in Toms River by Church Rd and I heard loud boom a couple weeks ago at around 10 pm. Sounded like it came from the Rt 571 area, almost sounded like a half stick of dynamite , very loud with a concussion.
Jenn October 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
West Dover section for almost twenty years here. We know what the base sounds like. This is not the base...
Laci October 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Wonder if JWow and Snookie are still in the house?.
JPJson October 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I have a family member you socializes and exercises late at night with friends. They have all heard the explosions and been stopped repeatidly by the cops in Manchester and accused of setting off explosives. Since several of them are out of town for several days now, I guess that clears them.
Miranda October 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM
My thoughts exactly!
sonya October 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Yes snooki and jwow are still there lol
NYTEWYND October 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Didn't say it was chock filled with information.At least it's getting some attention now and the township is aware of the resident's concerns.This is the second story run in one week verses none til now
bojangles October 13, 2012 at 09:21 AM
bojangles October 13, 2012 at 09:23 AM
You cant really rule out the Sarco possiblilty.
George Johnson October 14, 2012 at 12:38 PM
After being woken up several times this Summer from the local explosions I deiced to get in my car and drive around. You know what I saw. Not one MPD patrol car!
from lacey October 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I have heard the explosions from Lacey. Fort Dix's facebook page has been posting that they have been doing drills with more than normal explosion.
George Johnson October 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
your from Lacey, we know what the base sounds like as most of us living in PLP work there.
pie love January 14, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Wow i live in that area!


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