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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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