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“U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Gabriel Silva”

About all that cannon practice we’ve been hearing every Tuesday. Here’s some great photos from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard):

“Soldiers of the Presidential Salute Battery, 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducted blank fire crew drills as part of their routine training on Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall. Read More

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Photo by Diane Krauthamer

Meghan and Allison let’s us know: “Heard a lot of big booms this morning…is it cannon practice day at Arlington National Cemetery?”

“Yes, @PoPville, we know. Cannons, Arlington, practice, etc.”

And last night readers reported starting around 9:45pm: “FYI, there was just an explosion somewhere around Delafield and Georgia. No idea what it was, but I heard/felt it at 13th and Delafield”

“Wtf is happening in Petworth/16th St Heights??? Copters, sirens, loud bang.”

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Photo by Erin

From Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (a Joint Base of the United States military that is located around Arlington, Virginia which is made up of Fort Myer, Fort McNair, and Henderson Hall):

“As a reminder, the Presidential Salute Battery of The Old Guard, has begun their weekly blank-fire crew drills of their cannon salutes in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. Training is required for the platoon to maintain proficiency and readiness.”

Thanks to Victoria for the reminder to prep a new volume of ‘Was that a Cannon you heard around 7am on a Tuesday Morning?’

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Photo by Erin

Yes.

Many, many rounds of cannon fire/booms reported to us this morning from all over D.C.

From a previous discussion revealed by old guard alum:

“The Old Guard’s Presidential Salute Battery conducts rehearsals (aka Blank-Fire Crew Drills) on Thursday [Ed. Note: since this post they’ve been on Tuesdays] mornings starting at 0700 in Arlington National Cemetery and on Ft. Myer. These drills are used to rehearse for upcoming ceremonies and certify new Soldiers on the ceremonial 105mm howitzer cannons. They do the drills before the cemetery opens for the day. The modified howitzers can only fire blank rounds; no projectiles.”

Another insider advises a good way to tell if it’s from Arlington: “An easy way to confirm is time and count, if they are 3 or 5 seconds apart in odd numbers between 11 and 21”

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Photo by Erin

Many, many rounds of cannon fire/booms reported to us this morning. This comes up every few months, just enough time to forget why it’s happening for a minute :)

From a previous discussion revealed by old guard alum:

“The Old Guard’s Presidential Salute Battery conducts rehearsals (aka Blank-Fire Crew Drills) on Thursday mornings starting at 0700 in Arlington National Cemetery and on Ft. Myer. These drills are used to rehearse for upcoming ceremonies and certify new Soldiers on the ceremonial 105mm howitzer cannons. They do the drills before the cemetery opens for the day. The modified howitzers can only fire blank rounds; no projectiles.

During changes in the seasons (usually late spring or early fall), the sound from the blank shots tends to travel further and more residents hear it. Not sure if it has something to do with the changing temp… foliage…?”

I know it’s not Thursday but this is still my guess.

Doug also notes: “So this has to be the answer, the cadence is def cannon-salute-esque

Gotta be some sort of weather/atmospheric situation this am that’s making the noise carry more than usual though

And Brad shares the article “Here’s Why Sound Carries Farther on Cold Days”

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