A 56-year-old man was also hurt with non-life threatening injuries. Both had been struck by debris from the explosion.
The incident occurred at the Punkin Chunkin Contest in
Police are still investigating what happened. For unknown reasons, they said a trap door where pumpkins are loaded into the cannon "separated upon the launch of the pumpkin." The door and other parts were blown into the air before striking the woman in the head and face.
"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 to a hospital. 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.
Punkin Chunkin dates back to 1986. It had been canceled for the past two years because of problems finding insurance.
In 2014, a