About the Blasts and Rumbling You're Hearing...

Fairfax County police have received several calls about noises as far away as Alexandria.

There may be more than one source of those blasts, booms and low rumbling noises you're hearing today.

North American Explosive Services has a permit to blast through 8 p.m. Friday. There was also a blast at 1:30 p.m. at 10000 Ox Road, the Vulcan plant, according to Fairfax County Police.

In addition, ordnance testing is occuring Thursday through 9 p.m. at Marine Corps Base Quantico, according to Fairfax County officials.

Sometimes, the wind and clouds make sounds travel further than usual.

According to the base's Facebook page, the explosive munitions training started early Wednesday. Training is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. 

"Effects of training vary depending on weather conditions. Overcast conditions may increase noise and vibrations," according to a note on the Facebook page. 

This article has been updated with information from the police department about North American Explosive Services and Ox Road.

Sally Spangler October 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Well, at least it is on the Virginia side of the river. If you like, I hear adds base booms I hear every night from about 8PM to 11:30PM. Probably is a person who is deaf, at least and listens to his "boom box" played as loudly as he/she can. At leasst he does shut up before midnight every night. Count your blessings.


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