Warren Grove, New Jersey
|Warren Grove, New Jersey|
|Elevation||98 ft (30 m)|
|ZIP code||08005 - Barnegat|
|GNIS feature ID||0881544|
Warren Grove is an unincorporated rural community in Ocean County, New Jersey that is a part of Stafford Township, Barnegat Township, and Little Egg Harbor Township. Its location in the heart of the Pine Barrens makes it one of the most secluded and remote corners of the state. The Warren Grove Gunnery Range a military bomb practice range. Fighter jets including A-10's and F-16's from East Coast Air National Guard units use the area for practice bombing and strafing. Warren Grove is also home to the Pygmy Pine Forest of New Jersey, where the trees don't grow any taller than five feet.
- In May 2007, flares dropped from an F-16 belonging to the 177th Fighter Wing set off a large wildfire that consumed more than 18,000 acres (73 km²) of the Pinelands and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
- In November 2004, an F-16 fired 25 rounds that hit the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School.
- In January 2002, another aircraft practicing at Warren Grove crashed near the Garden State Parkway spewing flames and molten metal across the busy road.
- In June 2001, a 1,600 acres (6 km2) forest fire occurred when an Air National Guard plane dropped a 25-pound practice bomb at the range.
- In April 1999, Nearly 12,000 acres (49 km2) of forest, wetlands, cedar swamp and cranberry bogs burned after a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 111th Fighter Wing plane dropped a "dummy" bomb more than a mile from its target.
- Look Up a ZIP Code for North Bergen, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed December 22, 2011.
- "Warren Grove". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-23.
- "Military must fix communication", Courier-Post, July 28, 2007. Accessed August 11, 2007. "On May 15, a fighter pilot mistakenly released flares while on a training mission over the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Ocean County. At the time, the ground below was extremely dry. The flares hitting the ground touched off a fire that burned 18,000 acres (73 km2) of Pinelands, injured two people, destroyed four homes and damaged 53 other homes."
- McFadden, Robert D.; and Hanley, Robert. "Warplane Strafes a School in New Jersey", The New York Times, November 5, 2004. Accessed December 13, 2012. "The pilot was to have fired the half-second burst of shells well into the dive, at about 5,000 feet, the colonel said, but instead the cannon went off at an altitude of 7,000 feet, and at least eight of the bullets - non-explosive lead slugs more than 2 inches long - crashed through the roof of Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School, three miles south of the target range."
- "Little Egg school shot by jet to get $519,000", Press of Atlantic City, November 2, 2006.