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Thorough investigation needed to eliminate possible future accidents

May 4, 2008
It’s a good thing the 10-year-old daughter of Rockaway Township, N.J., resident Cheryl Angle wasn’t home on a recent Friday afternoon. She might have been killed.

Angle’s home is not far from an Army base where artillery and ordnance for it are tested.

On a recent afternoon, a 2-pound chunk of an artillery shell fired from the base crashed through her roof, injured the family cat so badly it had to be euthanized, and landed on the little girl’s bed.

The Army has apologized and is investigating. The probe needs to involve more than how that single shell hit an occupied home.

We doubt that we are alone in being shocked that the military conducts such exercises in any area where shells, bullets, missiles or any other weapons could hit occupied areas.

This is a big country, with lots of government-owned land still available for such uses.

The Pentagon should conduct a thorough investigation of any facility engaged in such testing — to eliminate any possibility that an accident such as that recently could happen again.


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