Was That Boom From A Firework Or The Military Base?

Photo by Jason Allentoff

  OCEAN COUNTY – The month of July will be a busy one for the troops training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, so expect explosions during the day as well as the ones your neighbors will be setting off at night.

  The base puts out a calendar for expected noise levels, which can change due to weather and other factors.

  July 4th Weekend: Low noise

  July 5-9: Moderate noise

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  Week of July 10: Moderate noise

  Week of July 17: High noise

  End of the month: High noise on the 24th, moderate noise on 7/25 and 7/29, low noise the rest.

  The base defines “low noise” as small arms and light crew weapons training. “Moderate” includes .50 caliber weapons, rockets, and rotary cannons. “High” noise is mortar, Howitzer, and cratering charges.