Woman in critical condition
UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation into the explosion of an air cannon at World Championship Punkin Chunkin today, Sunday, Nov. 6, in Bridgeville.
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. as an air cannon called "Pumpkin Reaper" was preparing to launch. For undetermined reasons, the trap door of the cannon, where the pumpkins are loaded, separated upon launch. The door and other parts were blown away from the cannon and into the air before coming down and striking a 39-year-old female in the head and face area.
The female, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was treated immediately on scene by Sussex County Paramedics and transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. She was stabilized and then flown to Christiana Medical Center, where she is currently listed in critical condition.
A 56-year-old male was also injured in the incident and was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives with the Delaware State Police are being assisted by Delaware Department of Natural Resources in the investigation. Details surrounding the incident will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: According to Delaware State Police, the subject injured in the explosion at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event in Bridgeville has not died as a result of their injuries, as they previously reported. The male subject has been transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing. More details will be released at a later time.
Delaware State Police are currently investigating the explosion of an apparatus being used at World Championship Punkin Chunkin this afternoon, Sunday, Nov. 6, in Bridgeville.
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. at 18598 Apple Tree Road and as a result of the explosion, one person has died. It is unknown if there are any other injuries at this time.
The investigation into this incident is in its very early stages. More information will be released as it is made available.