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Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey’s largest military facility, is in the middle of a two week stretch that started May 12 with 10 days expected to be “high noise.”

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey’s largest military facility, is in the middle of a two week stretch that started May 12 with 10 days expected to be “high noise.” (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

(Tribune News Service) — Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has warned neighboring communities of a particularly active stretch of training this month that could include heavy weapons and munitions explosions likely to be heard and felt in towns miles away.

The base, New Jersey’s largest military facility, is in the middle of a two week stretch that started Thursday with 10 days expected to be “high noise.” The monthly training calendar shared by the base to warn neighboring towns shows all but three days this month with “moderate” or “high” noise from training.

The high noise 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, Camden, Ocean, Monmouth and Mercer counties. The base provides the alerts to residents in an attempt to lessen calls to local police departments.

Residents in Gibbsboro in Camden County called police Sunday morning to report ground shaking and noise that officials have attributed to the base.

Low clouds, like those hovering over the state Sunday, can cause the noise to travel farther.

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