Avalanche Control Round Lands in City

Avalanche Control Round Lands in City

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Sam Penrod reporting There are some big questions today for UDOT as to how an avalanche control shell landed in the backyard of a Pleasant Grove home.

Avalanche Control Round Lands in City

The military shell exploded just feet from the home, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

But it wasn't until late last night when authorities determined what it really was.

It was a 105mm howitzer shell that landed in the Connors backyard in Pleasant Grove.

There is a big hole in the ground where the shell impacted, but the shrapnel went in all directions and ripped right through the house and as far away as across the street.

Avalanche Control Round Lands in City

The backyard shed was ripped into shreds and the fragments from the shell narrowly missed a three year old boy who was inside watching TV.

Scott Connors, Explosion Victim: "Mark was on the floor in the family room, which is were most of the shrapnel came through, and there is a big plate glass window blow out. So the glass was blown over the top of him, the path of the shrapnel is all around him. He was lying on the floor watching a video on TV. It�s a good thing he was lying down, because if he was standing up, it would have been a lot worse, so we are just thankful that no one was hurt."

Avalanche Control Round Lands in City

There was also substantial damage inside the home, which will have to be fixed.

Police at first suspected a pipe bomb, but the bomb squad discover it was a howitzer shell. They traced the shell to the avalanche control conducted by UDOT in Provo Canyon yesterday.

UDOT is now looking into what happened.

Avalanche Control Round Lands in City

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