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Explosions Felt In Ocean County Result of Military Training

Training expected to continue for several hours

Explosions Felt In Ocean County Result of Military Training

Residents hearing explosions or feeling rumblings Monday afternoon are experiencing the results of training exercises being conducted at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

"Our EOD, or explosives ordnance disposal, team has been conducting training," said Bill Addison, chief of media relations for the base. He said that the routine training will continue for several hours this afternoon.

Addison said that the exercises are being carried out at range complexes located between McGuire and Dix, which is near Ocean County's border with Burlington County.

The military's EOD technicians "render safe all types of ordnance, both conventional and unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, and nuclear to include improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction," according to the U.S. Navy's website.

Though some have taken to social media websites to question the rumblings they felt this afternoon, Addison said that the base has not received any noise complaints. The spokesman said it is difficult to determine how far explosives training can be heard and felt, though Monday's exercises were experienced as far as Toms River.

"The range varies depending on the weather," he said, adding that on an overcast day the sound may travel farther.

The Lakehurst portion of the base was not involved in the testing. 

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