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Video: Pumpkins take flight at CSUF's annual launch

FULLETON – Squash got squished Saturday at Cal State Fullerton as the university partnered with Discovery Science Center and the Future Scientists and Engineers of America joined to host the fifth annual Pumpkin Launch.

About 4,000 spectators were on hand to watch 16 teams launch their 8- to 10-pound pumpkins using handmade devices to catapult the orange orbs. Teams were judged on distance and accuracy.

Watch a video of the pumpkins being launched at CSUF.

In addition to the main event, there were activities to keep non-launchers busy.

Christian Beatty, 11, of Norco was happy to send a small whiffle ball flying.

"It's fun. You get to catapult stuff into other things, whether it's a person or a bucket," Beatty said.

The event is meant to educate children about physics, velocity and flight.

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