Officials: Controlled detonation at Joint Base tonight may cause boom, shaking



    If you hear a boom and your house shakes around 9 p.m. today, it won’t be from a sonic boom or earthquake.

    The 87th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team will be conducting a controlled detonation of one unexploded ordnance this evening at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, military officials said in a release. 

    “This controlled detonation may result in a large and loud boom and moderate ground shaking,” the release advises. “We thank everyone for your patience as our EOD team executes this important mission.”

    A base spokesperson says the the ordnance was found “just a few hours ago, hence the late detonation.”

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    Cloud cover, which prevails tonight, typically allows the sound to carry farther than with clear skies. 

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

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