Family sues Canucks over "confetti cannon" accident

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A B.C family is suing the Vancouver Canucks along with the supplier of their confetti air cannons for injuring a 15 year-old boy during a 2011 game.

During a game between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks on May 24, 2011, the barrel of a roof-mounted confetti cannon came loose after shooting confetti into the stands and struck the boy on the head, allegedly causing severe brain trauma, amnesia and other cognitive impairment.

The plaintiff, Davis Baynton, was attending the game with his parents when the incident occurred.

The family’s claims have not yet been proven in court and no official public comment has been made; however, TSN reports all NHL teams have given up the use of roof-mounted cannons since the incident.

Victor de Bonis, Chief Operating Officer of the Canucks, told TSN: “”The air cannons were supplied by a third party service provider. Immediately following the incident, the air cannons were removed. The matter is now the subject of a legal claim that is being handled by the service provider’s insurance and we are therefore not in a position to comment further at this time.”

While the supplier of the air cannons, Hollynorth Production Supply, is included in the Baynton’s suit, the company has filed a cross-claim against the Canucks, claiming the team altered their product and should be responsible for paying all damages associated with the lawsuit.

It is not currently known when the suit will go to court or if a settlement is in discussion.

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