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Explosion at Punkin Chunkin Leaves Woman in Critical Condition

Posted: Nov 06, 2016 03:55 PM Updated: Nov 07, 2016 10:42 AM
Sunday afternoon's scene at Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville.  (Photo: Steve Fuguet) Sunday afternoon's scene at Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville. (Photo: Steve Fuguet)
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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (WBOC/AP)- A 39-year-old woman suffered critical injuries Sunday afternoon after a cannon used to launch pumpkins into the air exploded at a large outdoor competition in Bridgville, Delaware State Police said.
    
A 56-year-old man also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both had been struck by debris from the explosion.
    
The incident occurred at the Punkin Chunkin contest in Bridgeville, located in western Sussex County. The competition involves dozens of contestants launching pumpkins from homemade contraptions, many of which are air-powered with long cannons and hauled on the back of trucks.
    
Police are still investigating what happened. Troopers said that for unknown reasons, a trap door where pumpkins are loaded into the cannon "separated upon the launch of the pumpkin." The door and other parts of the cannon, known as the "Pumpkin Reaper," were blown into the air before striking the woman in the head and face.
    
Spectator David Aronson, 52, of Falls Church, Va., said he was about 25 yards behind the cannon when it exploded. He said a piece blew off the launcher that was the size of a car door.
    
"It arcs down on this woman who is running away as it hits her," he said.
    
Aronson said the woman appeared motionless as people gathered around her. A short time later, the competition's announcer asked the crowd to pray as she was flown from Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to Christiana Medical Center where she remains in critical condition. The announcer then said the contest was over, Aronson said.
    
Aronson said organizers tried to take precautions by using nets and placing spectators 25 yards away from the pumpkin launchers.
    
Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale of the Delaware State Police said the woman and man who were injured were not among the crowd of spectators but among the launchers. He said they were observing the event but declined to elaborate.

Punkin Chunkin dates back to 1986. It had been canceled for the past two years because of problems finding insurance.
    
In 2014, a Sussex County farmer had stopped making his property available for the contest because a volunteer was injured in an ATV accident and filed a lawsuit. The suit was later dismissed. Organizers for the 2016 contest said an insurance policy was in place to protect the landowner.

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