Virginia police warn Quantico residents about Marine live-fire drills

A Marine with Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., fires a round from an M16A4 during a live-fire training exercise for the Fire Team Leaders Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on Sept. 10, 2018.


By CLARENCE WILLIAMS | The Washington Post | Published: June 3, 2019

The sky might light up. Gunfire could echo. The ground might even shake.

Police in Prince William County, Va., sent an alert Monday to residents near Marine Corps Base Quantico that for the next nine days, Marines will be engaged in live-fire training exercises that might produce unusual sights, sounds and even vibrations.

“The impact of noise, vibrations and/or illuminations experienced across the area will vary depending on atmospheric conditions and changes to natural sound barriers,” police wrote on Twitter.

The exercises this week are scheduled daily beginning at 8 a.m. and ending about 4 p.m. until Friday, when live firing will begin at 6 a.m. and will go until 5:30 p.m., police said.

The Marines will fire mortars and rockets in addition to small-arms weapons from June 10 through June 12 from 8 a.m. to midnight, police said.

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