Military bullet accidentally shot through press tent at Rio Olympics

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Military personnel on the ground in Rio de Janeiro are claiming a bullet that shot through the equestrian press tent on Saturday was an accident.

Horse & Hound’s Alice Collins reports the bullet — a 5.56mm assault rifle round — pierced the roof of the tent occupied by journalists and fell to the floor.

News Hub reporter Melissa Davies tweeted images from the scene.

No one was hurt.

The bullet landed closest to British photographer Jon Stroud, and images were taken. It didn’t pierce the carpeted floor of the tent.

According to Collins, the bullet is being credited as a "negligent discharge" from a nearby military base. A hole remains in the ceiling.

Dan is on Twitter. Good times in Rio agaaaain.