A SUPER LONG RANGE OOOOPS!
Yesterday in the canyon above my house, a Udot (utah department of trans) avalanche control team was shooting their 105mm howitzer at a mountain side to produce man-made, controllable avalanches reports the local news. After cranking in the desired elevation to hit the top of the mountain via GPS, they fired a round only to never see it hit the mountain! Turns out that the shell casing holds five units of propellant and they always take out 2 of the units for avalanche control shooting. Well, not always! They forgot on the last round to remove the 2 units and as such fired a 30 pound shell <font color="red"> over the mountain </font> and into a man's backyard 3 miles away! Can you imagine the shooters face as he realized that there was no sound of the shell hitting the mountain where he planned! <font color="green"> Wheeereeedit gooooooo?? </font>
The shell landed in the man's backyard and caused in the area of 100,000 dollars of damage. Besides the 7 foot wide crater in his lawn, it destroyed the siding on his house, blew out all his windows, caved in a metal shed, knocked out the tail lights of his car and his neighbors car, and sent shrapnell into the living room just inches above the head of his young son watching tv!
Udot immediately fessed up to the long range flier, and will pay all damages. No word if the shooters still have jobs, or if they will be reduced to shooting much closer targets with regular guns like the rest of us.
I wonder if Udot is in need of another long range shooter.... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
If it's not far, it's boring.