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What Happens When You Fire a Camera Flash at a Carnival Shooting Gallery

You know those shooting gallery games you find at carnivals? The kind in which you try to win prizes by hitting targets with a rifle? Sometimes the gun and target systems use light rather than air or pellets — if the target detects a specific flash of light emitted by the gun, it will count as a “hit.”

Know what else emits flashes of light? That’s right: a camera flash. In the video above, Jay Ashland shows what happened recently when he used his DSLR’s popup flash to illuminate a carnival shooting range.