Misfired artillery crashes into girl's bed
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (AP) -- A piece of artillery that was apparently misfired by the military crashed through the roof of a New Jersey home miles away Friday and injured a young girl's cat, which had to be euthanized, officials said.
No people were injured when the two-pound piece hit the Jefferson Township home about two-and-a- half miles from the Picatinny Arsenal and landed in the girl's bed, said Peter Rowland, arsenal spokesman. She wasn't home, but her cat was sleeping on the bed.
The homeowner told authorities she heard a loud noise around 2:40 p.m. and found the 6-by-4-inch object.
Picatinny officials told The Star-Ledger of Newark they were investigating. The base had been conducting tests Friday, and it wasn't immediately clear what type of artillery hit the home.
Picatinny is the site of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, whose mission is to conduct research, development and engineering for weapons systems.
Death from above! The counter revolution has begun and the military is on our side. No doubt they were developing secret cat-seeking explosive shells at the instillation and this was just a test run. Well, that or the family was sick of trying to keep the cat off the furniture. We can be relatively sure it's never going to shed on the bed again.