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Florida Man sues pirates over deafness caused by cannon

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Florida Man sues pirates over deafness caused by cannon
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A former Tampa police detective is suing the organizers of the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Festival, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and Eventfest Inc., claiming a blast from a pirate cannon permanently damaged his hearing and forced him into early retirement.

The lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County civil court on Nov. 19 said Richard Griner, 46, is seeking the standard “damages in excess of $15,000,” but doesn’t specify an amount beyond that.

Griner, at the time a 12-year veteran of the department, was assigned to work the corner of Ashley Drive and Jackson Street in downtown Tampa during the pirate parade on Jan. 30, 2016, the lawsuit said, when at some point during the afternoon a passing float fired a cannon “above and in close proximity” to him causing an “immediate onset of severe tinnitus.”