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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. 

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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