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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A Camp Humphreys firing range remained closed for a fourth day Tuesday as military officials investigated whether a stray round went through the window of a nearby off-post house.

Training on the 27.3-yard Combat Pistol Range will resume after an investigation of the incident, which reportedly occurred Friday, officials said.

“Based on the results,” said Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, 8th Army spokesman, “the command will take any appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the civilian population that lives adjacent to our facilities as well as ensuring the safety of our soldiers training.”

Immediately after the Korean National Police notified the camp a round reportedly had struck outside the range, “the range was put on cease-fire status and closed pending the outcome of the safety investigation,” Boylan said. “The range will remain as such until the investigation is completed.”

U.S. officials said the round likely was from a single 9 mm round.

According to South Korean police and media reports, a 49-year-old Pyongtaek man identified only by his surname, Kwon, was in his back yard around 10 a.m. when he heard a crash. The fourth floor balcony window of his home was broken; inside the room, he found a mark on a wall and a single round on the floor.

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

The firing range is about 1,500 feet from Kwon’s house, officials said.

The homeowner would be eligible to file for a reimbursement claim through U.S. Forces Korea procedures, Boylan said.


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