Please don’t try this at home: Mythbusters’ cannonball does damage (updated)

Errant ‘Mythbusters’ cannonball hits California home –

A cannonball misfired by the “Mythbusters” TV show crew blasted through a California home Tuesday afternoon while its occupants were asleep. It then smashed through a window of a minivan parked a few hundred feet away.

No one was injured, and the East Dublin home’s residents did not wake up until the dust was settling on top of them, said an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The cannonball was supposed to go through a few water-filled barrels and a concrete wall. Instead, it passed over the barrels, through the wall, and then took a “very unfortunate bounce that sent the ball skyward,” Nelson said.

Source: Mike Hill

Oops! Sometimes experiments go awry. Glad no one was hurt but I bet their insurance rates go up.

Here’s a news report from ABC 7 News on the incident:


UPDATES: Follow the bouncing cannonball (an aerial pic showing the route travelled by the wayward ammunition; the hosts apologize by visiting the affected families; and the incident won’t be aired.

  3 comments for “Please don’t try this at home: Mythbusters’ cannonball does damage (updated)

  1. Kylie Sturgess
    December 7, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    I SO bet they sell it on Ebay. BONUS!!

  2. spookyparadigm
    December 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    That the sheriff’s department spokesperson is also a consultant on the show, well, I guess that’s the way of reality television, isn’t it.

  3. December 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Not at all unexpectedly, they’re handling the accident with as much class as possible. These days I can’t imagine another show in the genre backing off from airing the footage.

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