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U.S. Army Soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard’s Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery Regiment set up M777 howitzer artillery pieces during training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 4, 2019. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)
Soldiers with the New Jersey National Guard's Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 112th Field Artillery Regiment set up M777 howitzer artillery pieces during training on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 4, 2019. (Matt Hecht/U.S. Army National Guard)

(Tribune News Service) — N.J.’s largest military base has alerted neighboring towns that training over the next two days could include heavy weapons and loud explosions with noise could carry for miles and shake the ground.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s training calendar for December included just two days — Friday and Saturday — deemed “abundant noise.” Those days could include mortar and Howitzer fire along with cratering explosions, base officials said.

Weapons training at the base can often be heard —- and felt — for miles in Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth and Mercer counties. The base provides the alerts to residents in an attempt to lessen calls to local police departments. Low clouds can cause the noise to travel farther. The forecast calls for sunny skies Friday and partly cloudy skies Saturday.

After Saturday, most of the next two weeks will include “moderate noise” training days that may include rocket fire and rotary canons, while the weeks around Christmas will likely include slight noise from training.

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