Ian Anderson 6 a.m., June 26
High Explosive Munitions Testing to Occur at Camp Pendleton
This Wednesday and Thursday detonations from aircraft may be heard as far as San Diego.
On April 15th Camp Pendleton announced "live-fire training exercises," via aircraft, will occur between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
The press release goes on to state that "other aircraft will be dropping high explosive bombs in the Zulu impact area from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday."
Depending on atmospheric conditions it is expected that these explosions could be heard up to 50 miles away. San Diego is 50 miles away from Camp Pendleton.
Over a telephone conversation Lieutenant Finnegan, base spokesman, said he knew about the exercises last Thursday - meaning there is no direct correlation to the recent bombings in Boston.
Lieutenant Finnegan described the upcoming detonations as "large amounts of explosives going off at the same time, but in a controlled manner," which might be heard as "distant booms" in San Diego.
He went on to state that these kinds of exercises occur regularly. I have to say it's been a while since I have heard distant booms emanating from Camp Pendleton. Keep your ears open.
The following is a more detailed description of the "Noise generating events," as stated in a document available to the public on The Marines Corps official website:
Wednesday, Apr. 17 -FW Aircraft/AC-130 = 1400-1700 Firing High Explosive munitions into the Whiskey Impact area. Thursday, Apr. 18 -FW Aircraft/AC-130 = 1400-1700 Firing High Explosive munitions into the Whiskey Impact area. -FW Aircraft/F-18 = 1000-1200 Dropping HE Explosive Bomb MK-82 into the Zulu Impact area.