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Military Chopper Drops Ammo on Elementary School

Officials at nearby Fort Bliss are reassessing flight patterns
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2018 12:45 PM CDT
Chopper Makes Surprise Drop on Elementary School
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, file photo, a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1 assault support helicopter lifts off low over the trees at Kiwanis Park during a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course, non-combatant evacuation exercise near Yuma, Ariz. The Marine Corps is conducting a tactical training...   (Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun via AP, File)

(Newser) – Authorities are trying to determine how a box of ammunition fell from a military helicopter and crashed through the roof of an elementary school in Texas, reports the AP. The Ysleta Independent School District says no one was injured when the ammo box hit Parkland Elementary School in El Paso on Thursday afternoon. The ammo box left a hole in the roof and caused a power outage in part of the building. Officials at nearby Fort Bliss say they'll reassess flight patterns as part of their investigation. In a statement, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade commander Col. Jay Hopkins says he's sorry for the damage and is grateful no one was hurt. (Read more helicopter stories.)

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