Imagine enjoying a quiet weekend with your wife at home, when suddenly an artillery shell bursts through your bedroom wall. Families in Syria and Iraq experience this all the time, but we Americans aren’t used to it… at least not yet.
Cailey Dougherty reports from KOAM TV 7 that Gene Kelley was home with his wife when they heard a loud crash. When the Wyandotte, Oklahoma man went to investigate, he couldn’t believe what he saw.
A 3″x14.5″ 105 howitzer artillery shell lying on the bedroom floor. It had blasted through the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and then damaged another wall.
“It’s unbelievable. Unless you were here to see it or see the pictures I’ve got, you would not believe how huge this thing is.”
“Fortunately, nobody was hurt,” he adds.
Neighbors told Dougherty that if the artillery shell had not first hit the trees and then the ground before entering the house, the damage would have been even worse.
So, to whom do the Kelleys owe thanks for this unique and delightful gift? Why, a gun show, of course. The Ottawa County Sheriff told KOAM TV 7 the mortar shell came from a “historic artillery cannon” fired at the Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show — which was held on Saturday June 21, three miles away.
And — as always happens when guns shockingly prove to be dangerous — everyone involved acts like the damage was caused by some freak accident, rather than the natural consequence of firing a weapon.
Michael Friend, the man who fired it, insists he’s amazed this could have possibly happened.
“It was not on a level plane, but on a downward trend, pointed downhill in the bottom of a valley. For that thing to rise and go far northwest of the range, it’s just unheard of.”
Friend adds that at the gun show and at his Fast Machine Gun shooting range, safety always comes first.
“It’s a freak accident because as far as the safety end of everything, we drill every one of our shooters before it ever begins. We have 30-45 minute drill.”
But the most astonishing thing is that Kelley the homeowner totally agrees that this was a “freak accident.”
“It was definitely a freakish accident that happened.”
Kelley adds that he’s not against guns at all, but maybe there should be limits to the size and use of these weapons. Luckily for him, the shooting range will pay him for all the damages.
Watch the report on the artillery shell blasting through the Kelleys’ home.
h/t Raw Story.