‘Firework’ sounds late at night near Budleigh were actually MoD gunfire

PUBLISHED: 13:20 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 19 April 2018

Devon Cliifs Sandy Bay. Ref exe 0446-09-15SH Picture; Simon Horn

Devon Cliifs Sandy Bay. Ref exe 0446-09-15SH Picture; Simon Horn

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People in Budleigh surprised by loud noises which sounded like fireworks late last night were actually hearing the sound of MoD gunfire.

Jane Parker, from Budleigh, heard the noises and said: “I just thought someone had a big birthday celebration going on because it sounded like fireworks.”

Being aware of Straightpoint MoD firing range, near Sandy Bay, Jane looked online and discovered the sounds were indeed the result of routine training.

She said: “It was no problem for me at all; we all hear it during the day and know it is there, but I think hearing it at night was a bit of a surprise – it’s a bit unusual.”

Jane said her role at the charity Take Art, has made her less sensitive to loud noise - even the sound of exploding ammunition!

She said: “I don’t mind, I’m very used to loud noise around me – I work as an early years music practitioner - so it was mild compared with that!

“I’m pretty easy-going and understand they need to practice these things.”

But realising some people might worry, Jane decided to let people know on the Budleigh Families Facebook group, which she founded four years ago.

Her post said: “Anyone else wondering what the noise is at this time of night – not fireworks – it’s the firing range up at Sandy Bay. Should finish at 23.45.”

The group aims to be a forum for local families ‘to communicate and share ideas’ and so far has 600 members.

Comments on Jane’s post suggested many people were aware of training activity at Straightpoint, but were surprised to hear the it taking place at night.

The MoD has scheduled further firing practice at the Straightpoint range during the day and night on Thursday, April 19 and Thursday, April 26.

The full schedule can be seen on the MoD government website.

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