Cannon Shoots Pumpkins at 600 MPH

Cannon Shoots Pumpkins at 600 MPH

Two guys with a wild idea send gourds flying skyward in upstate New York. Trick or treat! (Times Herald-Record)

An enormous toy cannon stands on the side of the road in Ulster County, New York. With a 97-foot long barrel, the cannon looks fairly serious, but it was designed by a pair of friends with pure fun in mind.

The “pumpkin cannon,” as John Gill and Gray Arold call it, catapults pumpkins and other squash 3,500 feet in the air at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour.

Modeled after a friend’s smaller version, the two buddies built the cannon in 2006. It draws the curious to Gill’s farm market on weekends, but sometimes the guys get together and just blast it for fun.

This short video by the Times Herald-Record captures the cannon in action, joy on the faces of the builders and awestruck passing motorists who stop to watch the show. Only one unanswered question remains — where do all those flying pumpkins go?

CHANNEL: Times Herald-Record

Length: 2:11

Video by John Pertel

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