WYANDOTTE — A wayward projectile shot from a cannon at a gun show traveled nearly two miles and ricocheted off a tree before blasting through Gene and Jeanne Kelley’s residence.
It left a 15-inch round hole in their master bedroom, according to the Ottawa County sheriff’s staff.
The 105 mm howitzer cannon was listed as a new attraction at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show held this past weekend.
Telephone calls to the event organizer were not returned.
The two-day event is billed as a family event with a sniper shoot, armored personnel carrier rides and helicopter rides. Proceeds go to the Wyandotte Fire Department, according to the event’s website.
“It’s huge,” said sheriff’s Detective Derek Derwin, referring to the military-styled field cannon. “They were used during the Vietnam War.”
Internet sites say the cannon is about 13 feet long and weighs about 2,500 pounds. The projectile hit the residence about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
“It could have been serious,” Gene Kelley said. “My wife normally goes to bed around 9:30. We just happened to be up late watching TV.”