Howitzer Cannon falls from the sky at Camp Grayling

Visitors to Camp Grayling got quite a surprise Saturday.

A 155mm Howitzer Cannon fell 700 feet from the sky as journalists and reporters toured the National Guard camp. The cannon was released from underneath a Chinook helicopter as pilots demonstrated how large objects were moved around. It was part of the camp’s summer training regiment.

Although it has been ruled an accident, officials say the pilots were following the appropriate emergency protocol. It’s not clear at this point why the cannon fell. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

The accident is being investigated by the Michigan National Guard, the Army Safety Center from Fort Rucker, Alabama, and the two other agencies. Officials expect to have an answer in a week or two.