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Cumberland Shooting Range Endangers Nearby Homes

Posted April 21, 2006

— A sheriff's office has shut down its firing range after deputies realized their bullets flew into a neighborhood. No one was hurt, but the incident was too close for comfort.

"I heard a bullet whiz by, and then I heard the thud," said James Oliver, a neighbor of the Cumberland County firing range.

The bullet hit Oliver's home, right next to his little girl's bedroom window.

"The last thing you'd want or the last thing you'd even expect in your own yard is to get shot," he said.

Another bullet lodged in Oliver's neighbor's wall. A third wound up in another neighbor's garage door. No bullets hit people.

"We were very lucky and the neighborhood was very lucky that everyone is safe," said Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna.

Deputies closed the range as soon as they found out. They said that the range was built on an old landfill, and they think that as the ground settled, the hill shifted.

Deputies plan to fix the range before using it again. They already had plans for a new indoor range when this happened. It will open one year from now.


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