MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) - A helicopter contracted for mosquito control spraying crashed in a suburban neighborhood just east of St. Paul.
Police say the small helicopter crashed in the backyard of a home in Maplewood, igniting the chopper and a detached garage. Maplewood Lt. Kerry Crotty says no one was in the house or garage when the helicopter went down shortly after 8 a.m. Police declined to say if anyone was hurt.
Donna Basler lives four houses from the crash site and says she heard a "big rattling type noise" but didn't know what it was. Basler says she didn't hear a crash, but saw smoke billowing from the neighbor's garage.
Metropolitan Mosquito Control District spokeswoman Jill Sederholm says the plane was under contract to spray for mosquitoes in Maplewood.