Joint Base: Expect ‘all kinds of noise’ this weekend

A mortar crew with Mortar Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, operates a 81 mm mortar for the brigade’s Walk and Shoot, a live-fire exercise to train platoon leaders and forward observers of the brigade’s maneuver battalions on an artillery range at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 9 – 11, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod)

A mortar crew with Mortar Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division, operates a 81 mm mortar for the brigade’s Walk and Shoot, a live-fire exercise to train platoon leaders and forward observers of the brigade’s maneuver battalions on an artillery range at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 9 – 11, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael J. MacLeod)

Residents near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst might hear “booms” and feel “rumbles” through Monday.

Units from the U.S. Army will be “making all kinds of noise” on the Joint Base’s ranges. according to a military news release.

Activity will include artillery and mortars.

“This is going to be a noisy weekend for sure,” a spokesperson said.

Area residents may experience ground shaking and considerable noise emanating from the base’s ranges. Low cloud cover can make the booms sound much louder and closer than they actually are.

Cloudy skies will prevail all weekend, becoming partly sunny by Monday, according to NOAA.

The release offers tips on how to comfort “fur babies” during the training in this video:

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

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