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Helicopter Crash Lino Lakes, MN

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.

Witnesses said they saw the helicopter flying, heard a pop and saw the rotary blade stop turning, and then the helicopter dropped out of the sky.

Smoke billowed in the area following the crash.

Authorities were asking Lino Lakes, MN, residents to call police at 763-427-1212 if they find any metal or unusual objects in their yard since it might be debris from the helicopter. They do not want anyone to pick up or move the objects.

This is a developing story.

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