US Navy dropping live bombs this week in Ocala National Forest

F-18 jet fighters to drop bombs

Ocala National Forest.
Ocala National Forest. (Rob Lee)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – The U.S. Navy is dropping live bombs this week in Florida. 

Don’t be alarmed if you hear the loud booms in parts of Marion, Volusia and Lake counties. 

The Naval Air Station in Jacksonville is conducting live and inert bomb training at Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest. Training will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The range complex is about 2 miles west of the Camp Ocala campgrounds and near several hiking trails.

It's common for F-18 jet fighters and other Navy aircraft to drop bombs in the middle of the range.

The explosions and loud noises may push wildlife out of the forest and onto nearby roads.

Anyone who has a noise complaint is asked to call the Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility in Jacksonville at 800-874-5059.