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Giant Pumpkin Cannon in Ulster County Gets Me Excited


If you think I’m not going to post a 97-foot pumpkin cannon that can launch a bowling ball-sized pumpkin (or a bowling ball) over a mile than this must be your first day on my blog.

The cannon, built by farmer John Gill and Gary Arold in Ulster County, NY shoots its payload out at 600+ miles per hour and, tilted at 45 degrees, shoots 3,500 feet in the air. The friends built the cannon in 2006 after seeing another, smaller one and deciding they could top it.

97-foot-long barrel that shoots gourds roughly 4,000 feet, at a speed of 600 miles per hour. Tilted at a 45-degree angle, the cannon shoots about 3,500 feet high. Gill, a corn and vegetable farmer, and his construction buddy Gary Arold, built the pumpkin cannon in 2006 after they saw a friend’s smaller model.

The items shot out the cannon include pumpkins, scuba tanks, a basketball filled with corn and foam installation and of course, the bowling ball.

“The first time we shot a bowling ball, that’s was probably the worst thing we ever did,” Arold says. “It kept going and going and going.”

Awesome. I want in.

[Times Herald Record via Gizmodo]


1 Response to “Giant Pumpkin Cannon in Ulster County Gets Me Excited”


  1. 1 shatraw
    October 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    “you must have to have a permit for this thing.”

    “uh no, we don’t have any permits…”

    god bless ’em.


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