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Woman Killed When Partygoers Fire Homemade Cannon

Things went very wrong

(Newser) - Authorities say an eastern Iowa woman was killed when a homemade cannon exploded at a backyard gathering, the AP reports. Davenport television station KWQC-TV reports that 55-year-old Lori L. Heims of Edgewood was flown to an Iowa City hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Delaware County Sheriff's Department... More »

California Veterans Get Their Stolen WWI Cannon Back

A man was surprised to find he had bought a stolen cannon

(Newser) - A WWI-era cannon was returned to its home of nearly 70 years this week after a Bay Area man realized he had accidentally purchased the stolen antique, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 1-ton cannon was installed outside the Veterans Memorial Hall in Richmond, California, in 1947. On May 1,... More »

Pulled From SC River: 3 Civil War Cannons

Archaeologists say they were dumped off Confederate warship in Pee Dee River

(Newser) - Over the past two decades, Bob Butler has dived down to the bottom of South Carolina's Pee Dee River and discovered not one (in 1995), not two (in 2006), but three (final one in 2013) Civil War-era cannons he says were dropped off a Confederate warship, the State reports.... More »

Civil War Cannon Explodes, Sends 3 Kids to Hospital

Re-enactment goes awry

(Newser) - Three kids in Orem, Utah, were injured during a parade Saturday night when a Civil War re-enactment got out of control, KSTU reports. The children—all of them participating in the re-enactment and parade, according to the Daily Herald —were injured during a ceremonial cannon firing after a spark... More »

Angry Guy Fired Cannon at Neighbors: Cops

Brian Malta accused of firing powder blasts

(Newser) - Well, here's one way to handle a disagreement with your neighbors: Fire up your trusty Civil War replica cannon and bombard them with blasts of noise. That's what police in New York state are accusing Brian J. Malta of doing, the Buffalo News reports. The 52-year-old, apparently upset... More »

Archaeologists Plunder Blackbeard's Ship

Haul 5 cannons from wreckage, bringing total to 22

(Newser) - Avast, ye mateys! More bounty from famed pirate Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, has been plundered, with archaeologists hauling another five cannons from the wreckage off North Carolina's coast on Monday, reports Popular Science . "This is a red letter day. Five cannons is the most... More »

Smugglers Launch Pot Over Border With Cannon

But a citizen finds them first

(Newser) - The catapult didn't work so well. Nor did driving over the border fence with a makeshift ramp. Now Mexican drug smugglers have resorted to cannons, authorities say. Smugglers used a pneumatic cannon to shoot containers of pot over the border into an Arizona field, reports the Yuma Sun . It... More »

Woman Killed by Cannonball Fired by Lover

...who was himself injured

(Newser) - A 33-year-old San Diego-area woman died early this morning when a cannonball—fired by a man who is either her husband or her boyfriend—slammed into her mobile home. Authorities found the woman dead when they arrived around 12:15am, and the man admitted to igniting what the San Diego ... More »

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