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Troopers Investigating an Explosion at Punkin Chunkin Contest- Correction


Date Posted: Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale

Bridgeville, DE– The subject injured in the explosion of the apparatus being used in the Punkin Chunkin Contest in Bridgeville, DE has not died as a result of their injuries as reported. The male subject has been removed from the scene and transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. More details will be released at a later time. 

Released: 110616 1535

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**Original Release**

Bridgeville, DE– Delaware State Police are currently investigating the explosion of an apparatus which was being utilized in the Punkin Chunkin Contest this afternoon in Bridgeville.

The initial investigation has determined that the incident occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. this afternoon at the contest held at 18598 Apple Tree Road, Bridgeville. As a result of the explosion, one person has died. It is unknown if there were any other injuries at this time.

The investigation into this incident is in its very early stages. More information will be released as it is made available.

Released: 110616 1511

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