An electronic failure may be to blame for a practice bomb that was dropped from a jet onto a tavern’s parking lot, a Maryland National Guard official said Friday.
An A-10 Warthog jet from the 104th Fighter Squadron in the 175th Wing was returning from a training mission Thursday night to Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River when the inert device was dropped, guard spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Kohler said. The guard has grounded the aircraft while it investigates.
A customer at Darlene’s Tavern in Sudlersville came in from outside saying he thought a car in the parking lot was on fire, said owner Darlene Hurley. The car was covered in dust and stones and a few feet away was a 3-foot deep hole, she said. They called 911.
It didn’t explode of course. Which reminds me of a Road Runner cartoon. But had it hit the building or the propane tanks nearby, this would have made a lot bigger BOOM in the news.