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By Brian Park

Residents in San Clemente have reported seeing bright lights in the night sky above Camp Pendleton since last weekend.

The lights could be the result of live-fire training exercises, according to Sgt. Christopher Duncan with the Camp Pendleton public affairs office.

The glowing lights could be seen above the Marine Corps base from as far as north San Diego County, according to reports. One San Clemente resident said they observed a red light in the sky, just north of the Pier, around 10 p.m. Friday.

Marine Corps officials announced last week that they would be conducting exercises, including around-the-clock firing, from Saturday until early Wednesday, Aug. 27. They warned that neighboring cities may hear increased noise caused by howitzer and mortar firing.

For noise inquires, residents are asked to call the Range Operations Division Office at 760.725.0357, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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