Somersworth, NH Cannon Accident, July 1930


Somersworth, July 7 -- The explosion of a universal joint in the drive-shaft of an automobile, which was being used as a cannon for celebrating the Fourth, caused the death Saturday afternoon of RITA PERREAULT, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Telesphore Perreault of 13 Broad Street.
A piece of metal from it struck the child in the forehead as she stood watching the firing 50 feet away.
The contrivance was being used by Linwood Brown of Berwick for the entertainment of a group of youngsters. Powder was rammed into the empty shaft and ignited with a fuse, a cannon-like report resulting.

Portsmouth Herald New Hampshire 1930-07-07