BERLIN (AP) — A U.S. Army airborne exercise in Germany is attracting more than a million viewers on social media after a video surfaced showing a Humvee breaking free of its rigging and plummeting to the ground, followed by another — and another.
By Friday afternoon, the video posted on the Facebook group U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments had 1.5 million views.
The scene starts serenely as equipment is dropped by parachute April 11 from planes with the 173rd Airborne Brigade flying across blue skies until the first Humvee breaks free and drops and someone yells out “Oh yes!”
It’s followed by a second, then a third and increasing laughter on the video.
The Army says nobody was hurt, and it’s investigating what went wrong — and who shot the video.
Man dumps non-toxic green
dye into Alaska creek as a prank
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say the green water flowing in the Ketchikan Creek that caused some panic and drew a response from multiple agencies was the result of a prank.
Officials have determined that the dye dumped into the water on Wednesday is non-toxic. Ketchikan police talked to the man responsible for the dye, but he was not arrested or cited.
“It was just a prank,” Officer Charles Johnson told The Ketchikan Daily News (http://bit.ly/1YJO7KZ). “He happened to come across some sort of plumbing dye that they use for testing — checking for leaks and stuff — and thought it’d be funny to throw it in the creek and make people wonder why the creek was green.”
The Ketchikan Fire Department had also responded to the creek after reports of the green water around 4 p.m. While the incident may have initially been a concern for fire crews, police and residents who first discovered the green creek, Johnson said he did not see the activity as criminal.
“They already confirmed that the substance was non-toxic. ... I think the biggest problem was the slight panic of everybody trying to respond to a possible environmental disaster when there wasn’t one,” Johnson said.
Ice cream in a former funeral
parlor? A taste to die for
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a new western Massachusetts ice cream shop says his delicious dishes are “a taste to die for.”
That’s because Petros Mirisis (muh-REE’-sis) is opening his ice cream parlor in a former funeral home in Chicopee.
Mirisis, who already owns a restaurant in town, tells westernmassnews.com he loves taking his three daughters out for ice cream, but it’s always been hard to find a place. He drove past the old funeral home every day on his way to work and always thought it was a great place for a business, in the heart of the city and across the street from the library.
His catchphrase came to him in a moment of inspiration.
Vermont man drove tractor
into Rutland credit union
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Police have arrested a 30-year-old Vermont man who they say attempted to rob a credit union branch’s night deposit box by slamming into it with a tractor.
The Rutland Herald reports Chase Siliski will be arraigned in Rutland criminal court in May on charges of felony grand larceny, felony attempted grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief.
Police say Fair Haven Rescue Squad members observed Siliski repeatedly ramming the night deposit box of the Green Mountain Credit Union’s Cold River Road branch in November.
The Proctor man allegedly fled the scene in the tractor and ran into the woods near the Adele Stanley apartment complex in Rutland. He was apprehended on April 10.
Massachusetts man returns
human ashes found at the beach
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man trying to enjoy a book at the beach got quite the surprise when he found a box containing human ashes.
George Silva tells The Standard-Times he found the box wedged in the rocks in New Bedford on Tuesday. Inside was a bag that had the name and number of a New Jersey crematorium.
He called, and was told the ashes were from a cremation performed three years ago in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Silva was told someone must have accidentally dropped the box while trying to dump the ashes of a loved one into the ocean.
He saw the discovery as an opportunity to be a good Samaritan. He brought the ashes to a local cemetery on Thursday, and they will be returned to New Jersey.
Rhino follows worker
to staff yard at Denver Zoo
DENVER (AP) — A greater one-horned rhino was able to leave part of its enclosure at the Denver Zoo and wander into a yard occupied by staff and volunteers.
Staff members say the rhino, named Bandhu, appeared surprised by the people in the yard when he found his way there on Thursday. Zoo staff says Bandhu was moved to an indoor enclosure and zoo guests were never in any danger.
No one was injured and Bandhu is known for having an exceptionally calm demeanor.
Officials say they are reviewing the incident.