A fan brought a makeshift cannon to a football match and shot the referee in the head
The Saturday match between the Maine Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy ended not only with a massive Massachusetts victory, but also with the hospitalization of one of the judges.
The old tradition of firing blank shots after each point gained has been around for a long time, but this case was the first dangerous for people. The president of the academy issued an official decree banning the use of such pyrotechnic products at sporting events.
According to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, an unknown graduate of the academy, came to the match with a makeshift cannon, but instead of the usual, non-hazardous incendiary mixture, loaded the cannon with black gunpowder, and used a small wad of material as the projectile that hit the referee.
The moment of the shot was captured by surveillance cameras. The frames show how the judge walks along the edge of the field and after a shot falls to the ground holding on to his head.
It is known that now the life and health of the injured referee is not in danger, he was discharged from the hospital with minor burns to his face.
To date, law enforcement agencies are actively looking for a shooter for criminal charges.