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Marines training at Fort Bragg causing louder explosions than usual

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - If you’re in or around the Fayetteville area, you may have heard the loud booms shaking up some area neighborhoods.

If you ask someone in the military they’ll tell you it’s the “sound of freedom” but neighbors say it’s loud.

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Some say they cannot only hear the noise, but feel it, as far as 45 minutes away from Fort Bragg.

“It shakes your windows, it rattles your dishes, after a while you don’t hear it, if you’re born and raised here you get used to it, that booming sound, ‘oh that’s just Fort Bragg’,” said Cumberland County resident Patricia Ullom.

But this time, it’s not just Fort Bragg soldiers.  It’s also the Marines making what the sounds louder and more often.

“We have a large contingent from Camp Lejeune that came up here to do synchronization of large-scale firing events for their howitzer,” Col. Kyle Reed, Fort Bragg’s Garrison Commander.

Military officials say the Marines are training for an upcoming deployment and are using Fort Bragg because they say there’s more room to use heavy artillery.

“The observers call for it, fire is delivered to a point and place on the ground to achieve that effect in an enemy scenario, enemy event,” said Reed.

And while it may be loud, some say they’re glad they’re doing it.

“I’ve heard way bigger booms than this,” said Cumberland County resident Ramon Pereyra.      

Military officials said the two-week long training session is scheduled to end Tuesday.

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