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U.S. Navy dropping live bombs in Florida national forest this week

Posted: 2:47 AM, Jun 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-20 09:54:09Z

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Navy is dropping live bombs in a national forest in Florida this week.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the bombs began falling in the Ocala National Forest Monday. The bombing by Jacksonville's Naval Air Station jets at the Pinecastle Range Complex will continue through Thursday.

Live bombs are scheduled to be dropped each day from 9 to 11 a.m. The naval station says jets also are expected to be in the area in the afternoon and evenings with "intert bombings." The range complex is about 2 miles west of the Camp Ocala campgrounds and near several hiking trails.

The explosions and loud noises may push wildlife out of the forest and onto nearby roads. Homeowners living as far away as Mount Dora and Citrus County might heard rumble from the explosions depending on weather conditions. 

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, www.orlandosentinel.com