Battle Underway at Bulle Rock


HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - The word battle is too loosely used to describe competition in sport.
At this week's McDonald's LPGA Championship, you wonder, though.
While LPGA pros played practice rounds Wednesday afternoon, bursts of what sounded like heavy artillery could be heard thundering from the horizon. It wasn't Suzann Pettersen or Sophie Gustafson hitting drivers. In fact, it was heavy guns at work.
The Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army installation, is about two miles southwest of Bulle Rock Golf Course. Military personnel are trained there. Weapons and armor also are tested. Everything from hand guns to howitzers are used at the installation.
'Every gun put in the hands of an American soldier gets tested, every one, and a lot of them are tested here,' said George Mercer, the public affairs officer for Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Aberdeen Test Center officials sent out an alert that this whole week they have 'plans to conduct several large detonations which are likely to generate sound and/or vibration outside the installation boundaries.'