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Piece of ‘bomb’ dropped from plane hits truck on Las Vegas Boulevard

Nellis Air Force Base, local police investigate

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 | 8:02 p.m.

Nellis Air Force Base security officials and Metro Police responded to reports of an object that fell from an aircraft about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, hit the ground and broke apart, with a piece hitting a truck heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard at Beasley Avenue.

Nellis officials originally indicated the object, a training weapon, fell from a Nellis-based aircraft and directly hit the truck. But tonight, Nellis clarified that report and said the object, a 'dummy bomb,' hit the ground first and broke into pieces.

The driver was not hurt.

Nellis officials said the training weapon is a BDU-33 (bomb dummy unit). It is a 25-pound device regularly used to simulate real air-to-ground weapons.

The training device does not carry explosives. It does have a small smoke charge, used to mark its impact point, Nellis officials said.

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