Punkin\’ Chunkin\’ – Tossing Pumpkins at Supersonic Speed!

Thermal Cameras Help Spot Supersonic Pumpkins!

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) has wild obsession for hurling pumpkins at unbelievable speeds and distances! Contraptions range from cannons to sling shots to see who can catapult their gourd the furthest!
In this clip, team American Chunker equips their cannon with FLIR Thermal Cameras to help spot the pumpkins as they fly at super sonic speeds to over a mile away!


The Importance of Thermal Cameras in Natural Disasters and Emergency Situations


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we have realized more than ever how useful thermal imaging cameras can be when moments become a determining factor in survival. Thermal imaging cameras have been used by many sectors of search and rescue units since the technology of infrared heat detection first emerged.

Rescue crews from Hurricane Sandy were able to detect stranded homeowners and residents trapped in flood waters during the extremely dangerous conditions. Along with detecting victims, the use of maritime and handheld thermal imagers helped rescuers stay safe and navigate though potentially dangerous debris, heavy rain and wind. Footage obtained from these missions will provide excellent training video in preparation of other natural disasters.

We invite you to help support relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy and have included links at the bottom of this article where you can donate.


You can help! To Donate to victims of Hurricane Sandy:

  • The Red Cross: If you would like to give to the Red Cross, which has opened more than 190 shelters along the East Coast and has hundreds of disaster relief workers on standby, you can donate online, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. The Red Cross is also seeking blood and platelet donations. To learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org.
  • The Salvation Army: You can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888. In the event of a natural disaster and you are already volunteer-certified, you can sign up to help out with disaster relief at that time.
  • American Humane Society and and the Lost Petz App which helps reunite pets with their owners after the storm – the AHS is helping to deal with the many animals and pets who are in danger following the havoc wreaked by the storm.
  • AmeriCares: You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.
  • World Vision: Despite flooding at its Bronx, N.Y. warehouse, World Vision is organizing relief efforts. You can text “GIVEUSA” to 777444 to make a $10 donation, or donate online to help.
  • Operation USA: If you would like your donations to go to efforts abroad, Operation USA is helping victims in Haiti and Cuba, who were also deeply affected by the storm. In addition to donating online, you can text “AID” to 50555 to give $10.
  • International Medical Corps: Another option for donating abroad is the International Medical Corp, who are coordinating efforts in Haiti.
  • New York Blood Center: You can donate blood, which will be used to help injured people, as well as hospital blood banks affected by the storm.

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