Expect to hear loud booms Saturday as Navy jets bomb targets

Villagers and other area residents may hear loud explosions through late Saturday night as Navy jets practice bombing runs at the Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest.

Villagers and other area residents can expect to hear loud explosions through Saturday night as Navy jets practice bombing runs at the Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest.

Residents around Lake, Marion, and Volusia counties can expect to hear loud explosions, usually between the hours of noon and midnight, according to a release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pinecastle Bombing Range is an un-fenced 5,760-acre area, with the eastern edge of the range located about two miles west of State Road 19 and the Camp Ocala campgrounds, and one-half mile west of the Farles Lake campground. F-18 jet fighters and other aircraft take off from Jacksonville Naval Air Station, fly low over the forest and drop their bombs in the middle 450 acres of the range.