Joking aside there is nothing funny about the fact that a fire that burned more than 22,000 acres of Pinelands in New Jersey over the past couple of days was reportedly started by flares dropped from an F-16 fighter jet during a training mission. (But for a large thunderstorms yesterday, the area consumed by the fire would have been much greater).
Now admittedly it is not like some random act, since there is a firing range in the area. But this definitely highlights the risks of having a military training range in an area that not only is highly flammable (Pine is apparently naturally very flammable), but also with residences not terribly far away.
I’m not trying to lay blame here, it was an accident and nothing more. Fortunately (at least according to everything I have seen so far), there have been no deaths or immediate reports of injuries from the event. But I will tell as somebody that lives 12 miles from the World Trade Center Site, and who travels that area frequently, it is an uncomfortable feeling. A feeling I don’t like, and this is the second time in less than a year, this first of course being when Cory Lidle’s plane crashed in New York City last year.