Team claims record-breaking pumpkin launch in Utah

Team claims record-breaking pumpkin launch in Utah

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MOAB, Utah (AP) -- It's a "punkin chunkin" record.

Or at least that's the hope of a team that spent Halloween weekend launching the gourds into the air.

The "Big 10 Inch Team" from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey says that on Sunday it launched a pumpkin 4,623 feet, topping the former Guinness World Record in vegetable chucking by 132 feet.

The team used a 90-foot, compressed-air cannon and traveled to southern Utah hoping the high elevation and thin air would help them set a world record.

The group is awaiting final verification from Guinness World Records.

The team launched its pumpkins during the Youth Garden Project's Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival in Moab. They say they used their best pumpkin to break the record and that it traveled more than 700 mph.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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