Video shows piece of pumpkin cannon flying toward crowd


BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) — A video from the scene of a Delaware pumpkin cannon explosion that injured two people shows a piece of the cannon hurtling through the air toward people behind the cannon.

Cries can be heard from the crowd as some people rush toward the spot where it landed at the “Punkin Chunkin” competition Sunday. Delaware State Police said in a statement that the trap door of the “Pumpkin Reaper” cannon separated as a pumpkin launched at the competition that involves homemade contraptions.

Police say a 39-year-old woman was hit in the head and face and was critically injured. A 56-year-old man sustained non-life threatening injuries. Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says they were observing the event, but he declined to elaborate.

Police didn’t have an update on their conditions Monday morning.

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