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She thought it was a bomb. Turns out the Canadian Air Force just needs more practice.

Emergency crews responded to a call that something fell through the roof.

Miami-Dade police confirmed that a raft that fell from a Canadian military helicopter on a training mission in Miami and went through the roof.
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Miami-Dade police confirmed that a raft that fell from a Canadian military helicopter on a training mission in Miami and went through the roof.

Luce Rameau was lying in bed and talking to a friend on her cellphone when she heard what she thought was a bomb.

Then she was covered in wood and dust from her roof.

“I kept screaming, ‘What happened? What happened?”’ she said. “I was shocked.”

Turns out what sounded like a bomb was actually an 80-pound inflatable raft crashing through the roof of her home in the 14000 block of Northeast 10th Court.

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An inflatable raft that “separated from a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter” crashed through the ceiling into a bedroom in a home in the 14000 block of Northeast 10th Court on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Pedro Portal pportal@miamiherald.com

And where did the raft come from?

Police say the yellow raft fell from a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter on its way back to Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport.

The Canadian Air Force had been conducting an off-shore training exercise and somehow the raft “separated from the helicopter,” a police spokesman said.

David Lavallee, a Royal Canadian Air Force spokesman, said Wednesday night that crews were in South Florida for a few weeks “taking advantage of the warm weather” to train for water search-and-rescue missions.

How the raft ended up detaching from the CH-146 Griffon chopper is under investigation, he said.

He added that the Air Force intends to help “the resident with accommodations and other support.”

According to Miami-Dade Fire, crews responded to a call that something fell through the roof. When they arrived, they found the uninflated six-seat raft, 2 feet by 2 feet in size, in the bedroom of the home.

“Fortunately, the occupant narrowly escaped disaster and sustained only minor injuries,” Capt. William McAllister IV said.

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Luce Rameau escaped unhurt when an 80-pound inflatable life raft fell from a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter and crashed into her home, punching a gaping hole in the roof. Pedro Portal pportal@miamiherald.com

Rameau said she wasn’t physically injured, but she was still “shaken up.”

“I am very lucky,” she said. “It could have hit me.”

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department speaks to the media after a raft fell into a home Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Miami-Dade police confirmed that a raft that fell from a Canadian military helicopter on a training mission in Miami.

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