Exploded pumpkin-tossing machine leaves woman in critical condition


Nov 6 (Reuters) - An air cannon that launches pumpkins in a tossing contest exploded in Delaware on Sunday, leaving a woman in critical condition, the Delaware State Police said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was hit in the face and head by the door and other parts of a machine called a Pumpkin Reaper, which exploded as it was preparing to launch.

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GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Police at Dreamworld on October 25, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. Four people have been confirmed dead following an accident on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Gold Coast theme park on Tuesday. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)
The entrance to the Dreamworld theme park is seen on Gold Coast on October 25, 2016, after four people were killed when a park ride malfunctioned. Four people were killed at a theme park on Australia's popular Gold Coast on October 25, police said, with witnesses describing how 'everyone was screaming' after a raft apparently flipped on a malfunctioning water ride. / AFP / Tertius Pickard (Photo credit should read TERTIUS PICKARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire command truck is parked in front of the Dreamworld theme park on Gold Coast on October 25, 2016, after four people were killed when a park ride malfunctioned. Four people were killed at a theme park on Australia's popular Gold Coast on October 25, police said, with witnesses describing how 'everyone was screaming' after a raft apparently flipped on a malfunctioning water ride. / AFP / Tertius Pickard (Photo credit should read TERTIUS PICKARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Queensland Police officers conduct their duties at the site of a park ride accident that killed four at the Dreamworld theme park on Gold Coast on October 25, 2016. Four people were killed at a theme park on Australia's popular Gold Coast on October 25, police said, with witnesses describing how 'everyone was screaming' after a raft apparently flipped on a malfunctioning water ride. / AFP / Tertius Pickard (Photo credit should read TERTIUS PICKARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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The incident took place at a contest called the Punkin Chunkin held in Bridgeville, about 82 miles south of Wilmington.

A man was also injured in the explosion, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

According to the Punkin Chunkin website, the contest has been around since at least 2001, the first year for which results are posted. In addition to tossing pumpkins, the event also includes cooking contests and live music. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Chris Reese)

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