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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A proposed rifle and grenade range on Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern has run into opposition.

German officials said they are working with the U.S. military to find a new location for the range, which was slated to have areas for hand grenades and grenade launchers. Rheinland-Pfalz officials planned to offer the Army other areas for the range, Rheinland-Pfalz Deputy Minister President Karl Peter Bruch said through a translator.

The Army command responsible for ranges did not respond to questions e-mailed by Stars and Stripes about the range. Questions submitted to Joint Multinational Training Command public affairs officer Maj. Eric Bloom on April 4 had not been answered as of press time.

Rhine Ordnance Barracks is a large Army facility adjacent to Ramstein Air Base and boasts a deployment center where some troops stage before heading downrange.

Locals in Siegelbach, a village near the proposed range, began voicing complaints about the potential for excessive noise. The range is scheduled for an area about a kilometer from houses in the village, according to the German newspaper Die Rheinpfalz.

The hand grenade range did not draw any complaints from locals because rubber grenades were to be used.

However, the proposed M203 grenade launcher range would shoot powder grenades, which are considerably louder, German media reported.

In March, a Rheinland-Pfalz committee vetoed the range in the vicinity of the Siegelbach housing area, according to Die Rheinpfalz.

Kurt Beck, president of the German state that encompasses Kaiserslautern, has asked Army Gen. William Ward, European Command vice commander, for consultations regarding the range, Die Rheinpfalz reported.

Beck was quoted in the newspaper as saying the Siegelbach location is not acceptable for a rifle grenade range.

The state government will do everything in its power to help the U.S. military find an alternate location, the newspaper reported.

German politicians at the city level have also spoken out against the range.

“We don’t see the need for our citizens to be further burdened,” Günter Remler, deputy mayor of Kaiserslautern, was quoted in German media reports as saying. “There are other locations.”

Stripes reporter Scott Schonauer contributed to this report.

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