Explosion Test in San Diego Bay

Powerful sound may erupt through the bay Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:21 AM PDT
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It’s not another Big Bay Boom – it’s just a test.

Wednesday, the Navy will rehearse a salute firing between 1 and 3 p.m. before their change of command ceremony on Thursday morning.

People near the Naval base and across the San Diego Bay in Coronado or Silver Strand will likely hear the powerful sound of the cannons Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

No rounds will actually be shot through the cannons – but the sound may be startling, Navy officials warned.

“The military custom of firing gun salutes dates back hundreds of years,” read a statement from the Naval Base in San Diego. “By the mid-1700s the British Royal Navy was firing cannon salutes for various ceremonies and important historical anniversary dates.”

Officials warned that the sound may be so powerful that it may set off car alarms.

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