Woman Injured by Cannon Blast in 2009 Settles Lawsuit


Elwood - A woman injured by a cannon blast in south-central Nebraska has settled her lawsuit.

According to police, the homemade cannon was positioned in an area where people were coming and going during a community celebration in Smithfield in July of 2009. An attorney for Doyle Daake, who made the cannon, said Kanda Garrelts walked around the cannon after it was lit and claimed that she ignored warnings.

Garrelts had sued the village of Smithfield and Daake. Smithfield later filed an action against Gosper County.

The Gosper County Board of Commissioners received word of the settlement last week after a notice from the Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. The settlement amount has not disclosed