2 injured in Calif as tall ship fires live round

Associated Press Modified: September 13, 2012 at 1:32 am •  Published: September 12, 2012

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Two women taking part in a mock battle at a California tall ship festival were hit with real ammunition and left with minor injuries when buckshot was loaded into one ship's cannon instead of blanks.

The Amazing Grace, a tall ship based in Gig Harbor, Wash., fired at the vessel Bill of Rights, hitting two people onboard during a Dana Point festival that celebrates 19th century seafaring, authorities told the Orange County Register.

One of the women hit, Bill of Rights deckhand Donna Reed, said she and volunteer Laura Huber were struck by multiple pellets.

"It was like a scene from 'The Exorcist'," Reed told the Los Angeles Times. "I started to bleed in several different areas.

Reed said she was still sore on Wednesday, four days after the Saturday accident, and still had some of the pellets in her leg because doctors said it was safer than removing them.

Both ships would normally use small cannons that use blank charges that look like common shotgun shells. It was not clear how the buckshot ended up getting loaded into the cannon.

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