A U.S. Army Apache helicopter accidentally dropped an inactive missile over central Texas last night, forcing dozens of homes to be evacuated.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the bizarre incident. Resident in Killeen told police they saw an object that seemed to be falling from an AH-64 attack helicopter into a field late Tuesday, according to a statement from Fort Hood.
“Killeen Police Department responded and located the object which was impaled into the surface of the ground. Officials immediately cordoned off the area,” the statement said.
No one was injured in the accident but approximately 100 homes had to be evacuated, according to local media.
An explosive disposal team on the scene found an inert M36 missile, a dummy version of a Hellfire missile used for training purposes.
“The M36 is an inert training device without a warhead or propulsion system and is designed to enable crews to simulate Hellfire missile engagements in the cockpit without launching from the aircraft,” the Fort Hood statement said.
The dummy missile, just like a real Hellfire weapon, weighs about 100 pounds and is roughly 64 inches long.
The cause of the incident is now under investigation.