Hear big ‘booms’ in Bluffdale area? Utah National Guard is shooting howitzers

BLUFFDALE, Utah (ABC4) — The Utah National Guard has a training coming up, and you might hear it.

The National Guard will be shooting live rounds from howitzers, a type of artillery weapon, at Camp Williams as part of a “live-fire artillery exercise” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to a press release.

National Guard officials are giving residents a heads-up, saying they may hear the sound of artillery fire “sporadically throughout the day from 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.”

The cities most likely to hear the shooting are Bluffdale, Riverton, Herriman, Eagle Mountain, Saratoga Springs and Lehi.

The Utah National Guard’s 3rd Field Artillery Battalion, Regional Training Institute, conducts artillery training on May 12 at Camp Williams. Soldiers train on the M109A6 Paladin howitzers. (Courtesy of Utah National Guard)
The Utah National Guard’s 3rd Field Artillery Battalion, Regional Training Institute, conducts artillery training on May 12 at Camp Williams. Soldiers train on the M109A6 Paladin howitzers. (Courtesy of Utah National Guard)

The training will be exclusively for soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 640th RTI, and they will be shooting from M109A6 Paladin howitzers and M777 howitzers. This will give the soldiers an opportunity to receive certifications and coaching from an instructor.

Camp Williams is a training site for the Utah Army National Guard that encompasses 24,000 acres. There are several training facilities within the camp, including space for artillery practice, according to its website.

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