DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Two people 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.
Authorities say the Amazing Grace, a tall ship based in Washington state, fired at the vessel Bill of Rights, hitting two people onboard during a Dana Point festival that celebrates 19th century seafaring.
One of the people who was hit, Donna Reed, told the Los Angeles Times she was struck by several pellets and bled in several places.
Reed said she was still sore on Wednesday, four days after the Saturday accident.
The other victim's name was not released.
Both ships would normally use small cannons with blank charges that look like common shotgun shells.