Photo credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas | Deer Park High School freshman Sabrina Rudden, 13, pulls the rope to release the throwing arm on the trebuchet, which can hurl a 5-pound pumpkin some 450 feet over the school's athletic field. On a recent afternoon, a group of Deer Park High School students practiced for the annual Long Island Pumpkin Fling, which takes place Oct. 30 in Yaphank. (Sept. 29, 2010)
"Fire in the hole!" yelled Bruce Sander, a technology teacher at Deer Park High School.
The group of students behind him backed up. And no wonder. Sander had just placed a volleyball-size pumpkin into a catapult to demonstrate the machine's power. He released the throwing arm, and the ill-fated pumpkin hurtled over the school's football goalposts, past the field's 50-yard-line and above bleachers...
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