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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A woman who was critically injured when an air cannon exploded during a Delaware pumpkin-launching competition has filed a federal lawsuit against event organizers and participants, state officials and Discovery Communications.

Suzanne Dakessian claims in Wednesday's lawsuit that she was left with severe and permanent injuries because of negligence and wrongful conduct by the defendants.

The defendants include Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which inspected the air cannon through its boiler safety program.

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Organizers are planning to hold a Delaware pumpkin-launching competition this year despite the withdrawal of the Science Channel after a 2016 accident.

Frank Payton is president of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association. Payton said Saturday that the Science Channel has said it won't return this year, leaving the event without a major source of funding. The Science Channel had previously chronicled the three-day Sussex County tradition.

Punkin Chunkin Goes On

Nov 1, 2012
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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) - Organizers of Delaware's annual Punkin Chunkin contest say the competition will go on to help raise spirits after Superstorm Sandy.

The competition involves inventors and tinkerers gathering to see whose homemade contraption can throw pumpkin the farthest. It will be held for the 27 consecutuive year on Saturday and Sunday in Bridgeville.

Last year's winner launched a pumpkin nearly 3,700 feet.