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26 April 2011 :: 13:04:56 pm 53181

Man Killed At Human Cannonball Show In England

A 23-year-old man – named only as Matt, has been killed in a human cannonball show in Kent, southeastern England when his safety net failed to engage properly.
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Kent police said the man’s next-of-kin had been informed but he has yet to be formally identified.
Hundreds of onlookers had flocked to see the Easter Monday holiday stunt at the Kent County Showground in Detling, Kent.

Witnesses said the man was knocked unconscious with blood pouring from his mouth moments after impact.
The evening performance was immediately cancelled and the showground was blocked off as police investigated the tragedy.

Members of the public were told to avoid the area and all of the Scott May daredevil shows were cancelled.

Rob Hutchinson, 42, of Tenterden, Kent, was with his wife and two young children. He said: “The net was already up. He climbed out on top, climbed down into the tube, they gave this countdown then he came out of the tube.

“He turned over and then you can see the net is flat on the floor, not up in the air, and he is coming down head-first towards the ground. I saw him hit the floor and bounce. It was like a dummy being thrown.”

‘A man taking part in a human cannonball event has died after it is believed a safety net failed to engage,’ said a spokesman for Kent Police.

The man was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

The Scott May’s show has been touring the country since 1991 and boasts stunts including motorcycle jumps and monster trucks as well as the human cannonball.

The rocket is built on to the back of a 7.5 tonne truck and during the stunt the human cannonball climbs into the huge barrel before being fired into the air.

The performer then lands on a safety net, but must climb down before the poles holding the net in place crash to the ground.


A spokesman from the Scott May Stunt Show would not comment on the man’s death but said that ‘due to unforeseen circumstances all shows have been cancelled until further notice.

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