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News Release,NSWC Dahlgren Division

This page provides daily information about the operations and scheduling of activities at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area (Pumpkin Neck). These facilities are used by our military to conduct munitions testing and should be avoided while testing is in progress. Click on any of the areas of interest to the right for additional information. 

Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

Noise Questions & Comments: 866-359-5540 (toll free) to comment or ask a question about noise or vibrations you think are being caused by operations at Dahlgren.

For more information on NSWC Dahlgren’s range schedule, contact the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8152.

Tuesday, March 26

Testing at Main Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “VERY LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter South
  • Other Notifications: None

Wednesday, March 27

Testing at EEA

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station: None
  • Barricades Closed on Station: None
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None
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Thursday, March 28

Testing at EEA/Testing at Main Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter North
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday, March 29

Testing at EEA/Testing at Main Range

  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create “LOUD” noise in the southern (Building 101) and eastern (Main Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create “LOUD” noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted approximately 15,000 yards down range from NSF Dahlgren to yellow L and M buoys
  • Roads Closed on Station: River Bank Road, Fuze Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Main Range barricades
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 2 in Buildings 948/995/1122/455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: Main Range Local Shelter North
  • Other Notifications: None

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...