A woman who suffered permanent injuries at last year’s Punkin Chunkin event filed a federal lawsuit against organizers, according to Delaware Law Weekly.

Suzanne Dakessian, who was covering the festivities for Discovery Science Channel, was struck by a metal trapdoor thrown into the air by one of the custom air guns built for the event.

The lawsuit targets William Schell and Dominick Daffner, who built the air cannon that experienced the mishap.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is also among the defendants. The agency is responsible for issuing boiler certificates and inspecting pressure vessels — some of the more powerful machinery inside the DIY catapults.

The plaintiff is asking for damages to cover past and future medical costs, as well as other difficulties resulting from her injuries.


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