A helicopter of unknown origin crashed Thursday evening in Lino Lakes, MN, authorities said.
The helicopter crashed in a field near some homes at about 5:30 p.m., prompting several calls to 911, Anoka County sheriff’s Cmdr. Paul Sommer said. He said there are “multiple fatalities” in an area of “significant wreckage.”
“There is not a lot I can tell you about the crash scene, but there’s a large fireball,” he said. “We cannot identify much. It’s basically charred-up debris.”
Because of the condition of the debris, authorities cannot immediately tell how many people are dead, he said.
Smoke billowed in the area following the crash.