‘Mythbusters’ Accidentally Shoot a Cannonball Through a House

A Mythbusters experiment went awry on Tuesday sending a cannonball flying through Dublin, CA. The cannonball was supposed to hit a target of water barrels but ended up flying 700 feet past it through one family’s home, off the roof of another and through the window of a minivan.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, MythBusters, produced for Discovery Channel by Beyond Productions, was filming on a closed set at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb range in Alameda County, California. During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety berm. No injuries were reported, but damage was reported in one Dublin home and one parked car. Sgt. JD Nelson, Public Information Officer and bomb technician for the Alameda County Sheriff’s office, who is a regular safety explosives expert for MythBusters, was on site and all proper safety protocol was observed. Beyond Productions is currently assessing the situation and working with those whose property was affected. The Hollywood Reporter

Resident Ming Jiang is the resident of one of the houses it hit. He had no idea what was going on when he heard a loud boom. He thought a tree had fell or a meteor had hit. Ha, silly fool. It was obviously a cannonball. I can tell by the pixels and having seen a lot of cannonball mishaps in my time.

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