Live-fire training begins today at Pelham Range
by Eddie Burkhalter
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Officials at Pelham Range say residents should expect to hear the sounds of war in the Anniston area over the next several days.

There’s no cause for alarm, however.

Live-fire exercises with heavy artillery begin today for at the range, and will continue through Sunday.

Troops with the U.S. Marine Corps’ 3rd Battalion, 14th Regiment from Chattanooga will be firing 155 mm Howitzers artillery shells, said Maj. Andrew Richardson, public affairs officer for the Alabama National Guard.

To reduce the nuisance factor, Richardson said, the Tennessee Marines will only fire between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., and the exercises will take place in the southwest area of the range, farthest away from residential areas.

Even so, those explosions can sometimes be heard as far away as Piedmont, said Mary Fagan, who lives in a home tucked away in the woods on County Road 70 in Piedmont.

“In Huntsville, we had booms like that,” Fagan said. She moved to Piedmont from Huntsville in 2012.

Like Anniston’s Pelham Range, live-fire training often takes place at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.

Such training hasn’t been done at the Pelham Range in several years, until recently, Richardson said.

“We expect this type of firing to take place about two to four times per year,” he said.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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