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Human Cannonball Soars Over Canterbury Park

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (WCCO) – The horseracing at Canterbury had some competition Saturday during the park’s Memorial Day race festivities. Dave “The Bullet” Smith took to the track to fire up the crowd.

Smith is the Guinness World Record Holder for human cannonballing, and he’s appeared on shows like “America’s Got Talent” and the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

But with all of his experience, is it still scary to climb into the cannon?

“Absolutely,” Smith said. “I’m about to get shot out of a 35-foot cannon. Wouldn’t you be?”

Dave was about to attempt a 150-foot shot which will launch him 60 to 70 feet in air. On top of it all, it was raining.

“Adds to the danger quite a bit,” he said.

Smith actually used to live in Two Harbors, and his daughter was born in Duluth. Also, his brother was a state champion wrestler for Owatonna.

Watch the video above to see Smith’s death-defying act, as well as hear his post-shot remarks.

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