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Potomac River Test Range / Explosive Experimental Area

Welcome to the The Potomac River Test Range Website. This page provides daily information about the operations and scheduling of activities at the Potomac River Test Range and the Explosive Experimental Area (Pumpkin Neck). These facilities are used by our military to conduct munitions testing and should be avoided while testing is in progress. Click on any of the areas of interest to the right for additional information.

Range / Weapons Testing Hotline: 877-845-5656 (toll free) for daily updates on range operation and test schedules.

Noise Questions & Comments: 866-359-5540 (toll free) to comment or ask a question about noise or vibrations you think are being caused by operations at Dahlgren.

For more information on NSWC Dahlgren's range schedule, contact the NSWCDD Public Affairs Office, (540) 653-8152.

Range Schedule for the week of Apr. 23-27, 2018
Monday, Apr. 23
    • Testing at EEA/Operations in Building 1180
    • Operating Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Noise on Station: Potential to create "LOUD" noise in the southern (Building 101) areas of NSF Dahlgren
    • Noise Down Range: Potential to create "LOUD" noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
    • River Restrictions: None
    • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road
    • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180.
    • EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Building 102
    • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
    • Other Notifications: None
Tuesday, Apr. 24
  • Testing at EEA/Testing at Shock Tube Road/Boat Operations on the PRTR
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create "LOUD" noise in the southern (Building 101) and northern (C-Gate) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create "LOUD" noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted down range between the yellow "N" and "O" buoys on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Building 1470 Gate, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate,
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 in Building 102
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None
Wednesday, Apr. 25
  • Testing at EEA/Testing at Terminal Range/Boat Operations on the PRTR
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create "LOUD" noise in the southern (Building 101) area and "MODERATE" noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create "LOUD" noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Restricted down range between the yellow "N" and "O" buoys on the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 at Terminal Range, Condition 2 in Building 995, Building 948, Building 1122, and Building 455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None
Thursday, Apr. 26
  • Testing at EEA/Testing at Terminal Range/Boat Operations on the PRTR
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create "LOUD" noise in the southern (Building 101) areas and "MODERATE" noise in the eastern (Terminal Range) areas of of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create "LOUD" noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: Building 1470 gate, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Upper Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road, Higley Road, Shock Tube Road, Frontage Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Building 1470 gate, Lower Gambo Creek gate, Frontage Road gate
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 4 at Terminal Range, Condition 2 in Building 995, Building 948, Building 1122, and Building 455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None

Friday, Apr. 27
  • Testing at EEA/Operations in Building 1180
  • Operating Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Noise on Station: Potential to create "MODERATE" noise in the southern (Building 101) area of NSF Dahlgren
  • Noise Down Range: Potential to create "MODERATE" noise down range and in communities surrounding NSF Dahlgren
  • River Restrictions: None
  • Roads Closed on Station: Tisdale Road, Caskey Road
  • Barricades Closed on Station: Tisdale Road barricades in the vicinity of Building 1180
  • EMCON Conditions: Condition 1 in Building 1180, Condition 2 in Building 995, Building 948, Building 1122, Building 455
  • Main Range Shelter Condition: None
  • Other Notifications: None