2 suffer minor injuries at Oyster Festival

Oysters are shucked at the festival in Oyster Oysters are shucked at the festival in Oyster Bay. (Oct. 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

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A woman was struck in the head by a fallen fire boat water cannon, and a food stand worker was burned on the nose by propane Sunday at the annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay hamlet, authorities said.

Both suffered only minor injuries in the separate incidents, authorities said.

The woman, 48, refused medical attention after she was struck about 12:50 p.m., said an official with Oyster Bay Fire Company No. 1, which responded to the scene.

Oyster Bay Town public safety officers also were on the scene.

The woman was hit in the back of the head by the cannon, which had fallen off its mount on a retired FDNY fire boat, Oyster Bay officials said. The boat was docked at the hamlet as part of the festivities.

The food worker was taken to Nassau University Medical Center after he was burned about 11 a.m., but he was also not seriously hurt, Oyster Bay firefighters and a festival spokeswoman said.

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Town officials said the man, 19, was working at a cotton candy stand and was lighting a propane burner when he suffered first-degree burns to his nose. East Norwich firefighters took him to Nassau University Medical Center, authorities said.

A Nassau County police spokeswoman said police were not called to the scene.

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