Bombs Away!

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Usually the mention of a bomb, evacuates buildings, schools, and sends people running in the other direction.

But it didn't here in Eastern Carolina Thursday.

Dare County's Navy Bombing Range which is normally very restricted was open to the public.

The nine mile dirt road off Highway 264 in Dare County, is usually car free, that's because it leads back to a highly restricted Navy Bombing Range.

But Thursday was a little different.

On the third Thursday of July every year, the Navy Bombing Range is open to the public. That means spectators get to watch fighter jets drop bombs.

Range employee, Harry Smith is part of the team that scores the bombs pilots drop so they can improve their techniques. He's also in charge of putting this event on every year and hopes people enjoy the show as much as he does everyday.

A power that makes for one explosive show.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Wash. Co on Jul 18, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    Well now you know. The 3rd Thursday of July EVERY year.....
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    jojo, you took the words out of my mouth! How in the world is this any news when the event is over with when anyone finds out? I expect they do this on purpose in order to keep the people to a minimum, those being family and friends of the people working at the range?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    They should do it every month. I would've paid admission if I had known.
  • by jojo on Jul 17, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    No one ever knows ahead of time about these events

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