Marines to conduct 'realistic urban training' in Jasper County next week

As part of pre-deployment training, marines and sailors will hold "realistic urban training" in Jasper County late next week.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will train in Ridgeland and surrounding communities from Thursday through Feb. 9. Residents may see and hear military vehicles and aircraft, according to a news release from the unit.

Marines and sailors will be in uniform and carrying weapons. Some exercises will take place during the night. Residents may hear "popping" sounds as Marines fire blank ammunition, which do not have bullets or pose any hazard.

According to the release, the training has been coordinated with local, county and state agencies and officials, including the Ridgeland police and fire departments. Between today and Thursday, marines will notify residents of the training face-to-face and door-to-door if the training will be near their property or home. Fliers with more information will be available.

Although there is no danger, residents should stay away if they see training, the release advises.

For more details, check back with the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette.