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Woman killed by cannonball while 4-year-old slept nearby

This news story was published on March 6, 2012.
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By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times –

SAN DIEGO—A 4-year-old was sleeping in the mobile home struck by a cannonball that killed a 33-year-old woman in San Diego County, officials said.

The incident, which is being investigated by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, took place when the woman’s husband and another man were working on a cannon shortly after midnight outside the couple’s mobile home and it exploded, according to a spokesman for Cal-Fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

One of the two men was sent to a hospital with minor injuries, but the 4-year-old was not hurt, officials said. A Cal-Fire spokeswoman said the woman’s husband was “freaking out” after the incident.

Few details of the explosion were immediately available, including exactly how the woman was killed, but authorities said the cannonball was homemade and that alcohol was involved. The mobile home was located near Potrero on the Mexican border.

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