Russian Navy accidentally fires artillery shell into apartment courtyard


A Russian combat ship preparing for a holiday celebration accidentally fired a dummy artillery shell and landed just feet from an apartment building in the port city of Vladivostok, The Moscow Times reported on Monday.

No one was injured but the shell’s impact broke windows and left a small crater outside the nine-storey structure.

The anti-ship shell was fired during the military parade drills for Sunday’s Navy Day celebrations. For reasons yet to be determined, the slug veered off the set trajectory and landed in the courtyard.

Military officials said there were no explosives in the dummy shell and it was intended only to make a sound effect for the parade. Bomb disposal experts were sent to dig out and remove it.

A similar incident occurred in the Leningrad region in late May when a warship in the Gulf of Finland fired 14 shells in the direction of a dacha settlement on shore.