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Explosions Felt In Ocean County Result of Military Training

Training expected to continue for several hours

Residents hearing explosions or feeling rumblings Monday afternoon are experiencing the results of training exercises being conducted at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

"Our EOD, or explosives ordnance disposal, team has been conducting training," said Bill Addison, chief of media relations for the base. He said that the routine training will continue for several hours this afternoon.

Addison said that the exercises are being carried out at range complexes located between McGuire and Dix, which is near Ocean County's border with Burlington County.

The military's EOD technicians "render safe all types of ordnance, both conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction," according to the U.S. Navy's website.

Though some have taken to social media websites to question the rumblings they felt this afternoon, Addison said that the base has not received any noise complaints. The spokesman said it is difficult to determine how far explosives training can be heard and felt, though Monday's exercises were experienced as far as Toms River.

"The range varies depending on the weather," he said, adding that on an overcast day the sound may travel farther.

The Lakehurst portion of the base was not involved in the testing. 

bayboat January 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I felt it and heard it in Point.
Dunsie Woods January 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Living in Manchester we hear a lot of the training. My thoughts are that I would rather hear the noise of the training than real war in my neighborhood. God bless our service men and keep them safe. They are training to keep us safe.
Dunsie Woods January 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Danny January 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
For those complaining that a warning should have been given, read the article, they have no way of knowing how far the sound will go. It depends on the weather. I heard and felt them myself and figured out what it was from past experiences. And I agree with Dunsie, better to hear the noise from our troops training than to hear that same noise while they are fighting for our freedom here. May God look over those troops as they are getting ready to deploy and all the others that are already there.
bayway mike January 10, 2012 at 02:17 AM
When our family hears that rumble of our troops training, we feel reassured !! And I hope that you do too !!
Ken G January 10, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I remember we used to hear it all the time in the summer years ago before these wars started, it's kind of reassure and Bayway Mike says, it lets you feel safer knowing your military is home.
George M. Lobman January 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I thought it was the contractor working on Ocean County College. It did sound kind of stupid to pick something up that many times and keep dropping it!!
Terry January 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thank you Dunsie. Your thoughts are in the right place.
BonnieLind January 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
When I lived at the Toms Rover/Manchester border, we heard loud booms every Thursday night. and got used to it. The military transports flying overhead made the war more real than the media did.
Jerry Belle January 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Do you own the auto repair shop on Rte. 88 near the Hospital...same exact words are on his exterior sign :-)
Jerry Belle January 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I'm fine with the training and all, but a little notice (especially, if such notice wasn't in violation of any vital security rules) would have helped alleviate the concern(s) some had that their homes were being rocked and shaken with no visible cause one could discern. On a side note, I thought my dogs were bad with thunderstorms, this made thunderstorms seem like a walk in the park. I thought they were both going to shake themselves to death.
Mark Story Jenks January 10, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I figured that's what it was. It's nothing new, just happens now and then as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid sonic booms were a regular occurrence. Or at least I still remember them happening one summer in particular in the early 60's.
Project Bluebeam January 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
These were louder than what I remembered in the 70's - 80's.
Ken G January 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
This is brining back so many pre-9/11 memories, I remember when me and my family would be in the backyard and have out of state relatives over, we'd hear the bombs and they'd go "Is that thunder?" and it was so usual to say "No it's bombs dropping at the Base"
Jackie Ohh January 11, 2012 at 01:27 PM
The sound may travel farther on over cast days??? Really? I suppose my walls shaking and windows rattling were because it was a sunny day. Whatever.
JR June 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
It is now June 3 2012 & these noises went on for hours yesterday and right now...that is what made me come to my computer and see if I could find out what all the "booming" noises were. We just moved here a month ago & we pray this does not happen all the time.
Denise S June 04, 2012 at 04:33 AM
not really...I heard it as well. I figured it was the same thing.I've lived here for 7 yrs and its only the second time I've heard it. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
JR June 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thanks. It is going on right now ( 1:22 ) for the past 30 min. for the third day in a row. I thought I would find more about this on the computer. Are health is not great & we moved here to a +55 comminity which is also near a hospital so that we could live somewhere quiet. We are very worried only because it now is three days in a row. Any info would be great. Thanks again. :-)
justsayinit June 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
@jon, reallly!! .... they shouldnt test becauses it might make to much noice for the seniors ... Get over it, Life doesnt revolve around the Senior Comminity, I grew up in Morris Cnty heard Picatinny Arsenal testing my entire childhood .. If you didnt realize you bought your home by military site thats on you...
BonnieLind June 04, 2012 at 06:45 PM
@justsayinit...That was pretty crude. Perhaps the noise from the Picatinny Arsenal picked out your tiny brain. You Just may grow up to be a senior citizen some day, but I hope not because you will be the stereotype nasty old grouch!
just me June 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
@ sayit, AINT that the truth!
concernofkids June 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
@ Bonnie WOW you sound like the nasty old Grouch,name calling & all. Agreed the military sould NOT have to worry if its some Sr. nap time. thats Just so rediclous to think for a second that they should even have to think or worry about that... Anyone that lives near a military base HAS to realize theres going to be noise... the rest of the world has things to keep them busy all day & NOT worry about The military testing, really arent you glad they are?? Arent you glad the bases are still opened?? Just stop complaining If you dont like it move the middle of nowhere or at LEAST Fla.
JR June 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM
You definitely did/do not understand what I was saying, or are just a kid being silly.
JR June 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Thanks to those who understand what I mean without having to "write a book". This morning ( Sunday June 10 ) was the fifteenth day in a row & we are happy that there are some good people who gave us the info about this subject. Thanks again to all of you who understand & try to help. To the others..."What goes around comes around" or perhaps it already has and that is why you are who you are. ;-)
Chris Zauche June 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Jon, according to the Manchester Patch the training will continue throuugh June 14.
JR June 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Thank you very much Chris. I am so HAPPY to say that a person from the base seen what I wrote & not only gave me that June 14 info but also was upset to see the remarks from people who say they are for the military but do not conduct themselves in such a way. A great chat and we both are GLAD there are people who want to help, like you Chris and the few NICE people above who the military and I appreciate !!! ;-)
Denise S June 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Glad to hear we have a date...its become second nature...we are used to it now. I grew up next to a lumber yard as a child so here in brick thts what it sounds like to me.I don't think people need to be nasty with their comments.I've been getting updates via email and its very upsetting. Some day we will all be elderly...some respect should be given to all no matter what. Thank you to those that looked into it.
JR June 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Hello Denise, My family also lived where " more then normal noise " was going on, but because we were there from such a young age that we got used to it & for many years loved living there. In the past few years other things made us decide it was time to go somewhere quiet as we knew it would be a HUGE difference to us. We could sleep until WE WANTED to get up, & lay down when WE wanted to. ( Is that really an odd thing to want ??? lol ) So now we have a wonderful home. From all the times we came down to look at the home, show family and friends, have inspections, ask the people that live around us...not ONE sound of a "bomb" or "cannon". Then the first month we lived here...nothing. Then 16 days ago it started. It was nice to have someone from the base say..." This is one of the worst times for noise in many years. " which MANY people have told us. One family said this is the worst in the 7 years they lived here. Thanks for chatting and best of luck to you and your's. How nice was it to have the people at the base not only understand, but were disapointed that people who say they support them and the military would conduct themselfs in such a way. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!
BonnieLind June 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Hello Jon, Same thing here. My folks and I moved to NW Toms River in '96. I knew the base was there but it seemed far enough away. At first, hearing the noise only happened when the wind blew towards us but it escalated as time went on. Not for that reason, but I moved to H.C. Silverton and it's peaceful here.
JR June 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Glad to hear that you have peace. That is all we want. Thanks for chatting and all my best to you and yours. :-)


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