MI Air National Guard drops training bombs near town, blames mechanical failure

There were no injuries reported.

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As we've covered before, there's nothing more amusing than harmless military blunders. While this isn't as dramatic as rolling a tank or airdropping Humvees sans parachutes, this one is still pretty funny.

It seems the Michigan Air National Guard bombed a small town about three hours north of Detroit, last week. According to northern Michigan CBS affiliate WWTV, a jet was transiting from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in metro Detroit to Camp Grayling when a mechanical failure caused six training bombs and a training missile to fall. Neither weapon is designed to explode. Rather, training bombs emit smoke on impact, so pilots can track their runs. The National Guard recovered the weapons, which landed in a forest near the town of Luzerene, about 200 miles north of Detroit and about 25 miles east of Camp Grayling, earlier this week.

"The phase of the flight they were in was prior to arriving to the range, so the operating procedure for that would be to have all weapon systems saved-up, so there wouldn't even be any switches, as it were, that were hot at that point," Lt. Col. Matthew Trumble, Director of the Camp Grayling Air Gunnery Range, told WWTV. "That's why we suspect it was most likely mechanical fault."

It's not clear what kind of jet the weapons fell from, but as the A-10 Thunderbolt II is the only armed jet stationed at Selfridge, we're guessing this incident involved a Warthog.

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