Now, how can you call that civilization?

In an online news report I can read today how the traditional practice of firing a cannon during american football games in Snohomish, USA has cost a boy’s leg due to the cannon exploding.

The un-funny part of the article is that members of the community are threatening the boy and his family against investigating the cause-to-effect relationship between the cannon and his maimed leg; for the tradition is so important for them that they would rather have the boy’s other leg maimed than be prevented from firing the cannon again.

Not only I’m disgusted, but I can’t help thinking that this kind of situation would never happen in any of the kingdoms of mainland Europe.