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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Extensive bomb testing this week at Ocala National Forest

The United States Navy will conduct bomb testing for at least 12 hours each day this week at a site within the Ocala National Forest.

Training exercises will take place every day at the Pinecastle Bombing Range Complex from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 12 p.m. on the other days.

According to the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in Florida, all bomb testing will be conducted through midnight each day.

Those who travel near or around the Ocala National Forest are encouraged to use extra caution, as wildlife may be temporarily displaced during the testing.

Residents living in the area are advised to secure items around their homes that could attract wildlife.

Each year, the Navy tests approximately 20,000 bombs at the Pinecastle Bombing Range Complex, which is over 5,700 acres in size. In addition to inert (inactive) bombs, the Navy is authorized to use 500-, 1,000-, and 2,000-pound live bombs during the testing.

For more information, visit the U.S. Forest Service’s National Defense Land Use webpage. For Noise Complaints, email nasjax.noisecomplaints@us.navy.mil.