At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter out of Fort Bliss dropped an ammo box from an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet through the roof of an elementary school during a training exercise over El Paso, Texas. An investigation into the incident has been launched.
Parkland Elementary School reported no injuries in the incident, though the ammo box left a hole in the roof and caused portions of the building to lose power. Because the incident occurred after classes had ended for the day, there were no students in vicinity of the impact when it occurred, though damage was reported in at least one classroom. Officials from Fort Bliss were on the scene within 30 minutes to recover the ammunition. Their statements indicated that the ammo can weighed approximately 40 pounds, but carried enough force to cause serious damage due to the height that it fell.
This box of ammo fell from a military helicopter, crashed through a roof, and landed in the middle of a classroom at Parkland Elementary in El Paso, TX, according to Ysleta ISD.
Fortunately, the incident happened at 3:45pm local – when all the kids had left. No injuries. pic.twitter.com/2ID4a4HdRL