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Evans residents might hear gunfire from Marine Corps exercise

Posted: February 5, 2013 - 9:04am  |  Updated: February 5, 2013 - 9:05am


Columbia County residents near the Stevens Creek power plant on the Savannah River might hear sporadic gunfire Tuesday night as part of a U.S. Marine Corps training exercise.

Students from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Marine Special Operations School, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., are in the midst of a 20-day training exercise across a five-county area that includes Columbia County and portions of South Carolina through Feb. 12, according to an recent announcement from the Marine Corps.

Most of the exercise, which involves students from the school and about 270 service members from throughout the military, has been taking place in remote areas of Sumter National Forest, but county officials had been told to expect today’s activities at the South Carolina Electric and Gas hydroelectric facility, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The exercise Tuesday night around 9 p.m. will include blank gunfire, said Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker in an email.

“There is absolutely no need to be alarmed,” she said. “It’s just an exercise.”

The exercise, called Derna Bridge, is being conducted in or near Columbia County, along with the South Carolina counties of Richland, Sumter, Edgefield, Saluda, McCormick, Greenwood and Abbeville, around Sumter Naitonal Forest, according to the announcement from the Marine Corps.



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General Gage is rehearsing

General Gage is rehearsing for his next move.


Red Dawn is coming to your backyard.

Marines are training for desert warfare in the woods around Thurmond Dam. Lets hope they do not encounter a moonshine still and it owner. It happened in the Appalachian Mtn under President Geo. Washington.

Georgia Militia. It is time to exercise you 2nd Amendment Rights.

Lets hope they do not get mixed up with the hunters at the RP riverfront preserve?

No danger Will Robinson. No danger.