Saturday, April 12, 2008

Small Artillery Shell Lands In 10-Year-Old's Bedroom

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - "What may have been a small artillery shell slammed through the roof of a house in New Jersey Friday, and killed a cat.

The Star-Ledger of Newark says the six-by-four-inch object landed on 10-year-old Casandra Angel's bed. She had left about 20 minutes earlier to go to a sleepover at a friend's house. But the family cat was injured and had to be put to sleep.

The house is about two and a-half miles from the Army's Picatinny Arsenal, which was conducting weapons tests at the time. Investigators think that's where the non-explosive round came from.

Picatinny is the site of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, which conducts research, development and engineering for weapons systems."

Since there was no accompanying explosion, the presumption is that a training artillery or large mortar round from either the arsenal...OR...the NJ State Police... was aimed in something of the wrong direction.

That neck of the woods is God's Country and the oddest thing is that it doesn't happen more often, what with plenty of Super-Citizens fooling with heavy-duty ordnance.


Somebody really hated that cat.

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