26 Jul 2009

Dummy shell fired into apartment building

12:04 pm on 26 July 2009

A Russian warship has accidentally fired a dummy artillery shell into the courtyard of an apartment building in Vladivostok while preparing for a holiday celebration.

Nobody was hurt but windows were broken and the shell left a small crater outside the nine-storey apartment building.

Vladivostok is a port city on Russia's Pacific Ocean coast close to China and Japan.

A a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet, said there were no explosives in the dummy shell.

The warship was taking part in rehearsals for planned celebrations on an annual Navy Day holiday, which traditionally include a ceremonial procession of warships and mock naval battles.