JBLM planning rocket artillery testing for March

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army is planning to test artillery at a base in Washington despite objections from some nearby residents.

The News-Tribune reports that the Joint Base Lewis-McChord will hold the three-day test at a firing range east of Interstate 5 in March. They plan to fire 27 practice rounds using the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, which can fire rockets from a truck and then quickly move soldiers to a safe place.

The booms will be especially noticeable to residents in DuPont, Roy, Yelm and the Nisqually reservation.

Until now, JBLM has been conducting training in Central Washington because of worries that the weapon is too loud for the suburban communities near its South Sound location. But now the Army wants to see whether those concerns are warranted.