Demolitions training ongoing at Joint Base MDL through Sunday

     Marines from Combat Engineer Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 473 blow a hole in a fence at Hawthorne Army Weapons Depot in Nevada on June 17, 2010 during demolitions training for exercise Javelin Thrust 2010. The Marines used a kevlar blanket to shield themselves from fragmentation and to reduce the impact of the blast. (Photo by Pfc. Nana Dannsaappiah)

    Marines from Combat Engineer Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 473 blow a hole in a fence at Hawthorne Army Weapons Depot in Nevada on June 17, 2010 during demolitions training for exercise Javelin Thrust 2010. The Marines used a kevlar blanket to shield themselves from fragmentation and to reduce the impact of the blast. (Photo by Pfc. Nana Dannsaappiah)

    The military is conducting demolitions training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst ranges through Sunday, according to a release from the base. 

    According to Jersey Shore Hurricane News contributors, the activity began late Friday morning.

    “Did we just have an earthquake? House and ground shook for about 10 seconds,” asked Maria Miriam Contessa. Bev Clancy reported hearing “big booms” in Toms River near the Lakewood-Jackson border. And Tom Damiano said it felt like a “mild earthquake/tremor” in Beachwood.

    The firing is scheduled to end at 11 p.m. each day, according to the base advisory. 

    “This training is essential and helps to ensure the readiness of America’s fighting force. As a result of these units performing their important training, residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the ranges and may experience possible ground shaking. It is important to note that noise from the ranges may travel farther during overcast weather conditions,” the release states.

    The 42,000-acre installation spans more than 20 miles through portions of Burlington and Ocean counties. 

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