Misfired artillery crashes into New Jersey home

April 12, 2008 9:09:02 PM PDT
The Army is suspending outdoor weapons testing at a northern New Jersey base after an incident which claimed the life of a cat. A wayward artillery shell fragment crashed through the roof of a family's home miles away, fatally injuring the pet.

Picatinny Arsenal officials will investigate how the 2-pound piece of artillery fired from the base ended up crashing into the home Friday afternoon.

The hot metal landed on the bed of the family's 10-year-old daughter. The girl wasn't home, but the family cat was injured and had to be euthanized.

The base commander says he visited the home Friday night and apologized.

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