Deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call around midnight from a man who said his wife was killed by a homemade cannon that accidentally discharged.
Homicide investigators arrived on the scene along with U.S. Border Patrol agents. They discovered that two men had been working on the Do-it-Yourself cannon outside of a home in the Twin Lakes Resort mobile home community.
While the amateur pyrotechnicians were fiddling with their creation, the cannon unexpectedly backfired and sent a projectile into the nearby home.
The 33-year-old woman struck by the cannon fire was dead by the time police arrived. The coroner's office listed the cause of death as "injuries suffered from a projectile." One of the two men working on the cannon was also injured. He was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.
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Although initial reports say the weapon was constructed by the men, Cal Fire spokesperson Mike Mohler could not confirm whether or not the cannon was actually homemade or not.