- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 12-year-old South Carolina girl was hit by shrapnel after relatives fired a homemade cannon in a field near Anderson.

Anderson County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Sheila Cole tells the Independent Mail (https://bit.ly/1zRrIRN ) that the girl was watching from a distance when the cannon fired around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cole says it apparently exploded, and the girl was hit in the head with shrapnel.

Cole says it was a small cannon operated by two of the girl’s relatives but she didn’t know what it was made out of.

She was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital, but Cole didn’t know her condition.

Cole said Sunday that no criminal charges were being filed.

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