Hundreds dead after overused Blue Jackets cannon fires into crowd

By Wally Barnes 

The scene in Columbus as the cannon fired live rounds into the crowd. Image source (changes made)

The scene in Columbus as the cannon fired live rounds into the crowd. Image source (changes made)

COLUMBUS, OH – Over 200 people have been killed after the Blue Jackets goal cannon malfunctioned and fired live rounds into the crowd following a goal.

The incident occurred in the third period after the Jackets scored their seventh goal of the game and 108th of the season.

A team spokesman said that team's hot start to the season is to blame for the malfunction. 

"The cannon has never gotten a workout like this one before," a team spokesman said after the game. "For the first time in the team's history, we're actually getting our money's worth for this thing."

Despite the tragic loss of life, fans who left the game early say they still want the cannon to stay.

"I think it brings a great atmosphere to the games," Grandview Heights resident Terry Wallace said. "Obviously fans of other teams are going to keep criticizing it like they always have, but there's nothing we can do about that."

According the local police department at press time, 215 people had been killed, with approximately another 400 being treated for wounds.

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