A woman was critically injured after an air cannon exploded at the “Punkin Chunkin” event in Bridgeville, Delaware on Sunday.
The event involves launching pumpkins from various devices.
In this case, an air cannon called the “Pumpkin Reaper” exploded as it launched a pumpkin, with a trap door and other parts flying into the air, according to footage posted on YouTube.
The 39-year-old woman, who has not been named, was struck by falling pieces in the head, according to local ABC station WMDT.
“It arcs down on this woman who is running away as it hits her,” spectator David Aronson told the Associated Press.
He said the piece that struck the woman was the size of a car door.
A 56-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The News Journal, a Wilmington paper, said the event was back after a two-year hiatus due to a lawsuit over safety issues that was eventually dismissed and problems obtaining insurance.