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The US Navy will drop live bombs in Florida this week

F-18 jets from Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station will be dropping live bombs at the Pinecastle Range Complex Monday to Thursday this week.

Here is some advice if you are going to be in Florida this week: Stay away from the Ocala National Forest.

The reason: the U.S. Navy drops live bombs there as part of a series of exercises that will last until Thursday.

F-18 fighter jets depart from a nearby Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and operations at the Pinecastle Range Complex, Ocala National Forest, which is located approximately 70 km north of Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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Pinecastle Range Complex includes a fenced 5,760-acre area in the middle of Ocala. According to NAS Jacksonville, the bombs will be dropped in the middle 450 acres of the range from 9 to 11 pm, every day.

The naval station says jets are also expected to be in the area in the afternoon and evening run of the bombing. The range complex is situated approximately 2 km west of the Camp Ocala campgrounds and in the vicinity of several hiking trails.

The residents in the surrounding areas have complained about hearing loud explosions from the bombing.

Some have expressed their concerns to the Navy activity will disturb animals in the wild, pushing the animals out of their natural environment and in residential areas.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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