Residents in south Salt Lake County will have to put up with large, reverberating explosions for two more weeks.
Utah National Guard officials say their troops are completing artillery training with 8-inch guns and 155mm Howitzers on ranges located south of Point of the Mountain. The noise and concussions are amplified by cool weather and at nights."We will limit, as much as possible, the amount of firing we do at night. I hope residents understand that they are being disturbed by the sounds of freedom," said Lt. Col. Jim Earl, a spokesman for the Guard's 1st Corp Artillery.
Residents as far away as Utah and Davis counties could hear the exploding shells, he said. Police and fire dispatchers reported dozens of calls when the practice began at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The firing schedule:
June 14-18, live fire from 8 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.
June 20-23, live fire only between noon and 6 p.m.