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Wednesday 28 September 2016
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VIDEO: Alaskan Town Launches Cars Off a Cliff

VIDEO: Alaskan Town Launches Cars Off a Cliff

In case you’ve been wondering how Alaskans celebrated July 4th earlier this week, we have the answer for you. By launching cars off a cliff. Or make that a mountaintop.

Here’s video of the fine folks in Glacier View, AK catapulting cars off a cliff to celebrate America’s birthday courtesy of The Alaska Dispatch News.  Glacier View is just over 100 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The town’s been catapulting cars off a mountaintop for 11 years. This year four vehicles attempted the plunge, but only three successfully went airborne. The fourth one, a Ford Van, came off the guide wire at the last moment and crashed head-on into a bulldozer. Oops.

Event organizers estimate the third car off the jump, an early-90s Nissan Pathfinder, reached 55 miles per hour on the 500 foot runway, and traveled a distance of 100 yards in the air, both records for the celebration.

Photo Credit: Alaska Dispatch News