Maryland Eastern Shore Bar Gets Bombed

The Middle River-based jet that dropped the inert device has been grounded. There was no explosion and all bar patrons were spared.

The Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River.
The Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River.
An A-10 Warthog jet operating out of the Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River has reportedly been grounded after accidentally dropping a practice bomb on an Eastern Shore tavern's parking lot. No one was injured.

The jet from the 104th Fighter Squadron in the 175th Wing was returning from a training mission Thursday night when the mishap occurred, according to an Associated Press report.

A customer at Darlene's Tavern in Sudlersville reported that the practice bomb created a 3-foot deep hole in the parking lot.

“I walked out looking to find something that would have ignited (and) when I walked out, the hole was so deep and wide and everything that I called out everyone to look at it,” Lena Hartlove, co-owner of Darlene's along with her fiance, Richard Reny, told MyEasternShoreMD.com.

Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Charles Kohler told the AP that an electronic failure may be to blame and the aircraft has been grounded during an investigation.
John August 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Let me get this straight! They are blaming the plane not the pilot. Sounds a lot like the gun issue. Blame the gun, not the user!
Al Stenzel August 31, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Read it again. The Airplane has electronic problems and is grounded until fixed. The pilot did nothing.
brawlin betty September 01, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Charles Wipperwill September 01, 2013 at 10:38 AM
Too bad the bomb wasn't armed. We could have blamed an Arab country (I think Yemen is next) and attacked them.
John Smith September 02, 2013 at 08:31 AM
I think it was a test trial for a new O'Malley tax.
Johnny Yuma September 02, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Thunder Bolt II is the official name of the A-10.
John September 02, 2013 at 10:05 AM
It said, electronic failure "may" be to blame".
Edward Sakala September 02, 2013 at 10:56 AM
The airplane in the picture is a USAF SA-16 used in search and rescue operations. It is not a jet airplane.
John September 02, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Move the camera to the right a little and the A-10's are right there.
John September 02, 2013 at 12:51 PM
A-10 is a flying gun! Great plane!!
Steve September 02, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Not unheard of. I worked them for 5 years in Arizona. Sh!t happens, it was inert, no chance of fire. Glad no one was hurt from the impact thouigh
Johnny Yuma September 04, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Dundalk Donnie... Spoken like a true Delta Bravo.


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