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Cannon explodes during salute, killing two
November 29, 2007 / 2:22 PM / 10 years ago

Cannon explodes during salute, killing two

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 200-year-old cannon wheeled out by Indian villagers to greet a visiting minister exploded after being overstuffed with gunpowder, killing two men, a newspaper reported Thursday.

<p>A woman walks past a cannon at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century colonial Virginia, in Williamsburg, Virginia, May 1, 2007. A 200-year-old cannon wheeled out by Indian villagers to greet a visiting minister exploded after being overstuffed with gunpowder, killing two men, a newspaper reported Thursday. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>

Residents of Badoli village in western India’s Rajasthan state had planned the gun salute Tuesday evening to welcome Kirodi Lal Meena, a state minister, the Times of India reported.

The minister left immediately after the accident, which also injured six other people.

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