Explosive noise on Camp Blanding will increase July 19-20

The Camp Blanding Joint Training Center will have louder than normal explosions on the post near Starke, Fla., on the evening of July 19 and early morning July 20. Most of the noise will occur after midnight.

 The explosions will come from mortar fire as part of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s annual training period on the 72,000-acre post. The unit returned this winter from a year-long deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

 These explosions will take place multiple times during the night.  The mortar fire will be in safe, secluded areas posing no danger to the public    

 As usual, The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs continue to make every effort to minimize noise but there are times such as this when noise may seem louder than normal to the public.

 Residents near the training center can discuss noise concerns with Camp Blanding’s  Range Control Office at (904) 682-3351 or the Public Affairs Office at (904) 823-0166.