LAKEHURST – It’s not thunder, firecrackers, or a car backfiring. That noise you’re hearing is the soldiers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
The base released its noise calendar for December, showing what days they expect to be the loudest.
The worst of it is described as “abundant noise” which might include such things as mortars, howitzers, and cratering charges. These will only be used on December 3 and 4.
Today and tomorrow are “moderate noise,” so if you think it’s bad today, brace yourself for the weekend. Moderate noise includes .50 caliber weapons, rocket fire, and rotary cannons. Moderate noise is expected from December 5-11, and from December 13-17.
The rest of the month is “slight noise,” meaning small arms fire and rifles. December 12, 18, and every day after that is expected to be slight noise.
Weather conditions can cause the noise to spread farther than expected.