An aerial view of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.

An aerial view of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy)

(Tribune News Service) — Some parts of Central Florida can expect the occasional boom in the distance as live bombing is scheduled for Monday through Thursday in the Ocala National Forest.

According to a statement on Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s website, the Navy has planned training exercises for both inert and live bombing at the Pinecastle Range Complex from 3-5 p.m. each of the four days.

The Navy posts its bombing information on its website at It can be found on the lower right hand side of the page.

Video posted by LGC Gaming in 2011 gives an idea of what the bombing sounds like, which is like rolling thunder in the distance.

Northern Central Florida counties will be affected the most including Volusia, Lake and Marion counties, although past bombing range activities have reportedly been heard by Seminole and northern Orange County residents as well.

“During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas,” reads a statement on the NAS Jacksonville website. “Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures.”

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