Shots from US range hit buildings in Germany

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Posted: Jul 11, 2011 12:06 PM
Shots from US range hit buildings in Germany

The U.S. military says it is investigating an incident in which rounds fired at an Army training range in southern Germany hit buildings in a nearby town. There were no injuries.

Grafenwoehr garrison spokeswoman Susanne Bartsch said Monday that the incident happened during a convoy protection exercise on Friday afternoon.

Machine-gun shots hit three buildings inside the base and three other buildings in the town of Grafenwoehr also suffered minor damage. Local police say they included a vocational school that was closed at the time.

Bartsch says that soldiers "were shooting in the wrong direction." The shots landed up to 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from the training range that was being used.

An investigation and a review of procedures are under way.