Air Force A-10 accidentally fires live rocket near Tucson


An A-10 went “hog wild” and accidentally fired an unguided rocket over the Arizona skies near Tucson Thursday morning, prompting an investigation.

The rocket, which was inadvertently launched in military-controlled airspace, was a white phosphorous M156, better known as part of the Hydra 70 series of rockets.

While useful against soft vehicle targets and other similarly-armored threats, the 9-pound M156 is tipped with a WP head for marking targets.

No injuries were reported.

According to the NBC, the A-10C that fired the rocket (be it by the pilot or electrical malfunction) belongs to the 354th Fighter Squadron of the 355th Wing.

The incident is under investigation.

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