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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) Workers for Utah's Department of Transportation caused extensive damage when a Howitzer round they fired for avalanche control missed its target and hit in the backyard of someone's home.

The round was supposed to hit a hill but sailed over it and landed some 9,000 yards away.

No one was hurt in Wednesday's incident but the round left a six-foot-wide crater and fragments from the shell pierced the home's siding and lodged in the walls inside.

The department says it takes full responsibility for the damage and will compensate the homeowners for repairs.

The Utah transportation department fires about 550 rounds a year, and says nothing like this has ever happened in the 22 years it's been using the guns.
 

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ouch. That reminds me...anyone ever seen the website where a guy uses a mountain howitzer to shoot a deer? Completely illegal as far as I can ascertain, but man...what some people do!! too bad for those homeowners...good thing the UDT took responisbility..as they should.
 

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I think somebody will be loosing their job. :eek:

What a great job to have though, nothing like firing off ammo. I bet a few here would pay big $ to be able to fire live rounds off at an artillery range. You know what they say about the difference between boys and men - their toys are bigger and cost more. :thumbsup:
 

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Trois_beaux_canards said:
good thing the UDT took responisbility..as they should.
I don't think they could blame El Quida for that one....

Hey MN guys, did you know you can shoot LIVE machine gun rounds here? They hold the event 2 times a year, I'll see if I can find it and post it up later. Yes you have to pay by the round. So shooting a BAR , you can rip through a belt in a hurry. Hmmm ever want to shoot a UZI? Or ride in a WW II tank? It was in the paper a year or 2 ago. I think end of April it is held, it might be a good reason for a gathering of the MN clan just north of the Cities :mrgreen:

I love things that go Boom! fircrackers, shotguns, machine guns, artillery, etc...:yes: Hey at least I left out the Nukes! :laughing:
 
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