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Video Surfaces Of College Football Referee Getting Shot By Cannon

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A college football referee in Maine was injured last weekend when he was struck in the head by an object that flew out of a cannon.

The referee was calling the Maine Maritime Academy football homecoming game on Saturday. It's reportedly tradition for a cannon to get fired off with blank shells after a touchdown is scored.

Unfortunately, an alumnus reportedly brought his own cannon to the game and fired it off after a score. The cannon fired and an unidentified substance hit the referee in the head.

The referee immediately hit the ground and was grabbing his head. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Video of the incident has surfaced:

The incident is under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

Maine Maritime Academy released the following statement:

"On Saturday, September 21, Maine Maritime Academy Football was engaged in the 47th Admiral’s Cup match with Massachusetts Maritime. During the second half of the contest, Maine Maritime Academy scored a touchdown, after which a cannon, owned and operated by an alumnus, was fired from outside the fence behind the end zone. One of the game officials was proceeding along the end line when the cannon was fired and was struck by packing material from the cannon. The Academy’s president has directed that these devices will no longer be permitted on campus for future events."