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US Navy dropping live bombs again in Ocala National Forest

F-18 jet fighters to drop bombs Feb. 10-12

U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jet
U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jet (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

The loud booms across Central Florida continue, but don’t worry it’s just the Navy dropping bombs for training purposes.

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 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12.

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.

“Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bear-wise measures,” officials warn.

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


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