Fayetteville and Fort Bragg area residents can expect to “hear and feel” explosions this weekend, as a certain kind of mine clearing training returns to the area after a 20-year absence, officials say.
Units at Fort Bragg will be “engaged in simulated combat” while the mine-clearing training takes place Saturday and Sunday, base officials said Friday afternoon.
“Residents of Fort Bragg and the surrounding communities should expect to hear and feel the effects of the training,” a news release said.
Engineers will be using the “Mine Clearing Line Charge” (MICLIC) which involves shooting out a line loaded with 1,750 pounds of explosive. The explosive is then detonated to clear out an area.
The news release said the soldiers this weekend “will be the first engineers to fire a MICLIC on Fort Bragg in about 20 years.”
The mine-clearing explosions will not take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday because of “existing requirements that prohibit them from firing,” the release said.
The units involved include Alpha and Bravo companies of the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.