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Army spokesman confirms explosions

Erik Skindrud | GAZETTE Editor

An art installation in Hawthorne, Nev. celebrates the town's connection to military ordnance, which dates to World War II. (David W. Toll | CONTRIBUTED)An art installation in Hawthorne, Nev. celebrates the town's connection to military ordnance, which dates to World War II. (David W. Toll | CONTRIBUTED)Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 - 8:45 a.m. - A U.S. Army spokesman at the Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada today confirmed that a series of loud explosions took place on Wednesday. 

"We were in fact detonating some ordnance yesterday," retired colonel Larry Cruz told the GAZETTE.

The confirmation provides a likely explanation for a series of "mystery booms" that perplexed residents over a wide area on Feb. 11.

The Army facility, located 89 air miles from Mariposa, is one of the U.S. military's chief facilities for ordnance disposal.

Asked if especially large ordnance was being detonated on Wednesday, Cruz said yes, it was the first day this week that he had heard explosions.

High atmospheric pressure, and temperature inversions, are known to let loud noises travel long distances.  

Read the Thursday, Feb. 19 MARIPOSA GAZETTE for a full report on this week's "mystery booms."

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Personnel at

EDITOR'S NOTE: Personnel at the Nevada site never denied that there were explosions on Feb. 11.

if this is true, then why was

if this is true, then why was it denied earlier by the military?

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