A pumpkin shot from a pressurized air cannon dubbed “Pumpkin Lobber,” went through the Titan Stadium scoreboard, Saturday, Oct. 31, during the annual Pumpkin Launch hosted by Future Scientists and Engineers of America and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Cal State Fullerton student Bobby Malanga, 23, a biology major, and his roommate started building the air cannon last weekend.
“The goal was just to hit the target in front of us,” said Malanga. “We definitely did not want to hurt the scoreboard, that wasn’t our goal.”
Malanga stated an air pocket within the bottle jack used to raise and lower the cannon may have caused the shot to go high.
“When we pulled the valve down it allowed the bottle jack to close another two inches and hitched the cannon up an extra five degrees,” said Malanga.
Malanga joined the competition after seeing a flyer on campus.
“I thought it looked really cool and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Malanga.