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College football ref hit in face by cannon blast, hospitalized

A college football referee in Maine has been hospitalized and treated for non-life-threatening injuries after a blast from a cannon hit him in the face during a game on Saturday.

Footage has since surfaced of the accident, during which a loud bang and a puff of smoke can be seen before the referee clutches at his face before crumpling to the ground. The incident occurred during Maine Maritime Academy’s homecoming game against Massachusetts Maritime.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s office, which told NewsCenter Maine that an alumnus brought his own cannon to the game. A “wad” of black powder got shot out of the cannon, which struck the referee.

“During the second half of the contest, Maine Maritime Academy scored a touchdown, after which a cannon, owned and operated by an alumnus, was fired from outside the fence behind the end zone. One of the game officials was proceeding along the end line when the cannon was fired and was struck by packing material from the cannon. The Academy’s president has directed that these devices will no longer be permitted on campus for future events,” the school’s Director of College Relations Jennifer DeJoy said in a statement to NewsCenter Maine.

Charges could be brought against the individual who brought the cannon to the game, pending the completion of the investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s office, the report notes.