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Weekend Military Training May Shake Ground

Exercises at Joint Base ranges will end by 11 p.m.

Locals may experience booms and ground tremors this weekend as military members conduct training exercises at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a base spokesman said.

Members of the 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery are set to conduct training at the installation's ranges Saturday and Sunday. Firing of 105mm cannons by the New Jersey Army National Guard is scheduled to end by 11 p.m. each day, according to Media Relations Chief Bill Addison. 

"This training is essential and helps to ensure the readiness of America's fighting force," Addison said.

Some residents as far away as Toms River may hear more noise than usual coming from the joint base's ranges and may experience possible ground shaking. Noise from the training can travel farther in overcast conditions, according to officials. 

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny days, according to the National Weather Service. 

Base range complexes, which are located between McGuire and Dix, near Ocean County's border with Burlington County, are occasionally used for training.

Residents throughout Ocean County, including those in Manchester and Lakehurst, often experience the results of the training despite the long distance to the ranges.

The base "works hard to minimize the impact training has on its surrounding communities and is committed to remaining good neighbors," Addison said.

Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact the base public affairs office at 609-754-2104.

bayway mike October 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I thought that I was rocking my wifes world, but it was only the booms from the training exercise..DANG!!!
Project Bluebeam October 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
We are preparing for WWIII. By the end of the year out troops will be deployed to Syria and/or Lebanon. Count on it.
Laci October 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Must of brought out some big guns because you can feel it in Toms River East. Hopefully alittle of practice as a" going away" present to Afganastan. Maybe they can contract ChemLawn to break out some agent orange and take care of the poppy fields as well since our kids are dying there and at home.
E October 14, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Heard it in East Brunswick. Saw flashes if light, too! It was really intense!
. October 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
These training exercises have been going for years. It is nothing new.
Jim October 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Heard it all the way in Ocean City in Cape May county. Crazy loud like sonic booms.
Robert m Cornell Jr. October 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I heard it as well here in EHT / Absecon boarder ! Sat morning at around 11:27 am but I had heard and felt tremor like today yesterday I believe at same or approximate time , but I couldn't be sure ! Thought that I were going nutzz what a relef that I wasn't the only crazy !

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