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Warning over loud bang that may be heard on Sheppey from Ministry of Defence testing range in Shoeburyness in Essex

01 September 2014
by Times Guardian reporter

People are being warned a loud bang might be heard on Sheppey at any moment over the next few days from a military testing range in Essex.

The single explosion will take place either tomorrow, Wednesday or Thursday at a base in Shoeburyness.

The Ministry of Defence has been granted special dispensation to go above the range's normal noise restriction of 125dB - the equivalent of a pneumatic rivet gun 4ft away.

A previous explosion at MOD Shoeburyness

A previous explosion at MOD Shoeburyness

QinetiQ, which operates the site, said the activity will not take place before 9am and the sound will not be more than 135dB.

It said there is "no question" of a statutory limit of 140dB - the equivalent of a jet engine at 100 ft - being exceeded.

A company spokesman said: "While we apologise in advance for any potential inconvenience caused, this trial is in support of an important field of defence research and development."

A warning sign at the entrance to MOD Shoeburyness

A warning sign at the entrance to MOD Shoeburyness

In the past, testing at Shoeburyness has been heard across Sheppey and elsewhere in Kent - and even rattled windows, although just how loud it is depends on wind and weather.

Members of the public who have concerns about the activities can call the Shoeburyness careline free on 0800 0560108.

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