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No matter what your job is, it’s important to be skilled with the tools of your particular trade. That’s especially true if those tools happen to be firearms, which is why being part of Japan’s police or Self-Defense Forces means you’re in for a lot of time on the firing range.

It seems at least one member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force needs a little more practice, though, since one of his shots missed the target he was aiming for and hit a civilian home instead.

On the afternoon of July 16, around 1:30 in the afternoon, a resident of the Imazuchohozaka neighborhood in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, heard something thud into the roof of his house. It wasn’t until four hours later, though, that the homeowner walked into a room on the second floor of the house and discovered the source of the noise.

A two-centimeter (0.8-inch) hole had been punched through the ceiling by a bullet, which was had first pierced one of the house’s roof tiles. After contacting the local police, an investigation was carried out with the cooperation of the Ground Self-Defense Force. The two organizations determined that the six-centimeter long 12-caliber shell (not the one pictured above) had been fired at the Japan Self-Defense Force training field at Aibano, some 500 meters (0.3 miles) southeast of the home, where personnel had been conducting firing practice that day.

None of the three residents of the home were injured in the incident.

Source: Sankei West
Top image: Wikipedia/Malis