A police helicopter that was flying over Glasgow smashed through the roof of a local pub last night, in a scene in which the word "terrifying" is most probably an understatement. At least one person is reportedly dead, and the number of fatalities is expected to rise.
Sniffer dogs are now combing the scene, according to the BBC:
Eyewitness Fraser Gibson, 34, was inside the pub with his brother to see his former band, Esperanza.
"Midway through their set it sounded like a giant explosion," he told BBC Scotland.
"Part of the room was covered in dust. We didn't know what had happened. We froze for a second; there was panic and then people trying to get out the door."
The Clutha pub was already crowded as people gathered to watch a local ska band, according to the AP, when the Eurocopter EC135 T2 helicopter came crashing through. More than 30 were taken to local hospitals, but more work is continuing as of now as people may be trapped in the rubble. Sniffer dogs are reportedly at the scene.
A BBC reporter who lives nearby reported a definite change in the rotor noise, followed by silence as it crashed into the establishment. It's not know what caused the crash, but a helicopter landing pad is approximately just two miles away from the pub.
Of course, we'll update you as we get more information.
UPDATE: All three people onboard the helicopter were killed, along with five people inside the pub, according to the AP. Despite it being St. Andrews Day, it's a sad day for Scotland.
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