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Mythbusters Fire Cannon Ball at House

The cannonball that caused the damage came from the popular cable show "Mythbusters"



    Mythbusters Fire Cannon Ball at House

    The cast and crew from Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" fired a cannon ball as part of production. Unfortunately, the recreation of a cannon firing went awry and the cannon ball landed in a nearby home.

    A projectile from an Alameda County firing range accidentally missed its intended target, said JD Nelson, the public information officer for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Instead, the object blasted through the wall of a nearby home.

    The cannon ball entered the home through one wall and exited through another. It also damaged a vehicle.

    According to the Alameda County Sheriff, the cannonball "took a few unfortunate bounces" during a "Mythbusters" experiment gone awry. 

    The Mythbusters' Twitter account retweeted a post from one of their own, Grant Imahara, stating the team was to be working with such artillery. Imahara's original post (along with photo) has since been removed.

    No one was injured.

    Nelson said the show was doing an experiment using a cannon they had built about two years ago and which they have used at least three times before.

    In this particular experiment, the projectile was intended to go through several barrels of water and a cinder block wall before striking the hills of the bomb range, Nelson said. However, the cannonball missed its target. It missed the water, which was intended to slow the projectile's progress, went through the cinderblock wall and struck the hill.

    "It did not bury itself in the hill as you might think it would have," Nelson told Bay City News.

    "Mythbusters" has used the same bomb range more than 50 times for experiments and filming. "We never even had any kind of an incident, let alone anything this terrible," Nelson said.