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[Mythbusters] TV Stunt Goes Awry, Sends Cannonball Rocketing Through Homes
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | 12-07-2011 | Staff

Posted on 12/07/2011 7:00:46 AM PST by Red Badger

DUBLIN, Calif. (CBS) — A cast iron cannonball rocketed through two homes and landed inside a minivan Tuesday when a “Mythbusters” TV experiment went wrong.

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are hosts of the scientific experimentation show, which airs on The Discovery Channel. The pair was reportedly trying to figure out how fast a cannonball would travel, when it misfired and shot hundreds of feet in the air.

“This cannonball was supposed to go through several barrels of water and through a cinder block, and then ultimately into the side of the hill,” said J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

Instead the cannonball flew over the foothills surrounding Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, before spiraling back toward Dublin like a cruise missile.

It flew straight though the front door of a home on Cassata Place, and bounced around like a pinball, flying up to the second floor before blasting through a back bedroom wall.

The wayward cannonball then blasted across a busy road and through a second home some 50 yards away, demolishing roof tiles.

The homeowner’s mother was frightened.

“”It was a very loud boom; she thought a tree fell, maybe a meteor,” said Ming Jiang. “It wasn’t clear that it was a cannonball landing on the roof.”

The out of control cannonball finally came to a stop inside Jasper Gill’s minivan.

“It hit the dash, through the passenger window,” said Gill, who had gotten out of the vehicle just 10 minutes before the ball struck. “I’m lucky I’m alive.”

Incredibly, no one was injured in the mishap.

Officials said Mythbusters had been using the firing reservation for the last eight years for similar experiments, but none had gone awry.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cannonball; mythbusters; stunt; tv
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To: Red Badger

I guess that’s why the Mythbuster’s tagline is, “Don’t try this at home.”


51 posted on 12/07/2011 8:03:25 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: ILS21R

Is that picture posted so that we can calibrate our Gaydar?


52 posted on 12/07/2011 8:05:05 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That figure makes Obama look like a wax statue and I don’t know why.

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My thoughts exactly! He looks like he’s wearing death rouge.


53 posted on 12/07/2011 8:14:44 AM PST by wally-balls
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To: Red Badger

I don’t care if Jamie and Adam are lefties or not. I try to never miss a program. They and their supporting cast have created an interesting program, a program where most explosions or failures are planned and people don’t get blown away. The next program will show how things went wrong.


54 posted on 12/07/2011 8:15:57 AM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Red Badger
Insurance Adjuster: "Was anything else destroyed by the cannonball?"

Pete Dionasopolis: "Um, golf clubs. Both of us."


55 posted on 12/07/2011 8:41:16 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Red Badger
'We are what you'd call "experts".'

Isn't that what they always say?
I definitely have to watch that episode.

56 posted on 12/07/2011 8:41:43 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Red Badger

And now we know why homes near the range have a low price tag and high insurance rate. Glad no one was hurt.


57 posted on 12/07/2011 8:44:02 AM PST by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: Red Badger

If I was one of the property owners I would require my repairs be paid for AND I get to be on three shows and get to help blow some stuff up in lieu of compensatory damages for my nerves! ;-)


58 posted on 12/07/2011 8:48:43 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: alancarp

Doesn’t mean much. Gays have been know to refer to ‘male partners’ as ‘wives’ and ‘husbands’, depending.........


59 posted on 12/07/2011 9:36:42 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: jaydubya2
Love the Punkin Chunkin’ shows but agreed as to the riskiness of some of those rigs.

Also surprised that the range masters let contestants consume alcohol during the event.

60 posted on 12/07/2011 12:55:46 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: wally-balls

He’s such a fraud that even a pic like that makes him look like a fraud, a wax figure, a statue, a deception.


61 posted on 12/07/2011 1:22:51 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Red Badger

Journalists are idiots.

Cannonballs are ballistic. Cruise missiles have propulsion AND guidance.

“before spiraling back toward Dublin like a cruise missile”

Cannonballs ‘spiraling’ - like a cruise missile.

My daughter is 11 and understands the difference. There are probably cattle that understand the difference.

Monkey’s fling poo at people, and DEFINITELY get the difference.


62 posted on 12/07/2011 1:53:53 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: All

Mythbusters seems to have been cancelled today.

I don’t know if its normal but usually every Wednesday there is at least several episodes, none this week.


63 posted on 12/07/2011 2:02:23 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Mad Dawgg

Due to the fact that no one was hurt and only minor property damage occurred, personally I would seal the hole up from the outside and get the cast to sign it with “Mythbusters was here.”


64 posted on 12/07/2011 3:39:41 PM PST by matt04
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To: Red Badger

I’ve never heard of these guys before, so I visited their website, and there are explosions all over the place, and in one picture a guy is tied to a missile. Seems like they’re just a bunch of adult-children who don’t understand that these things aren’t toys. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.


65 posted on 12/07/2011 3:56:31 PM PST by Kleon
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To: Eye of Unk
Recently there was an American version of First Gear on another channel, well I am a huge fan of the BBC First Gear but these jokers were trying to duplicate everything the BBC show did and did it horribly, I watched three episodes and quit, no more ever.

It's Top Gear, and although I've only seen the first two TGUS shows so far, I concur. Second episode: presenter in crossover AWD races two skiers down a mountain (Richard Hammond already did this, without getting stuck behind a alow moving truck on a paved road - excitement!)

Top Gear Australia was a little (lot) rough around the edges, but at least they showed some initative in thinking up local challenges. Their second episode: Most ore moved out of the Kalgoolie Super Pit/time by presenters (driving ute pickups) vs The Stig, driving a regular mining truck.

The Kalgoolie Super Pit

Those dots are the regular mine trucks, which are a bit larger that the utes used


66 posted on 12/07/2011 5:53:29 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Red Badger

Adam Savage apology
http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/12/mythbusters-accident-adam-savage-apologizes.html


67 posted on 12/07/2011 7:22:41 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: Kleon

They are former Hollywood SFX stuntmen, IIRC......................


68 posted on 12/08/2011 6:32:18 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: RinaseaofDs

I think the misconception started in the 50’s when they invented ‘Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles’, ICBM’s. People began to think that ‘ballistic’ meant capable of being targeted and guided...................


69 posted on 12/08/2011 6:37:05 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: PapaBear3625
The cannon was aimed at some water containers, but the shot missed the water, tore through a cinder-block wall, skipped off a hillside and flew some 700 yards east, right into the Tassajara Creek neighborhood.

That was a statement from County Sheriff J.D. Nelson, who has been a bomb expert on Mythbusters many times. I would bet that he was there on the range with them for this shoot as well.

70 posted on 12/08/2011 6:59:32 AM PST by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Tatze
That was a statement from County Sheriff J.D. Nelson, who has been a bomb expert on Mythbusters many times. I would bet that he was there on the range with them for this shoot as well.

That's likely the problem. They relied upon a bomb expert for safety advice, despite the fact that he likely has zero experience with the behavior of high-velocity cannonballs.

They should have had a Civil War/Revolutionary War reenactor with experience with cannons.

71 posted on 12/08/2011 7:12:42 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: saminfl

http://www.militarymuseum.org/CpParks.html

Yep......


72 posted on 12/08/2011 4:02:17 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Old Sarge

As a general rule, I am immediately suspicious of someone wearing a beret.


73 posted on 12/08/2011 4:05:02 PM PST by GSWarrior (Businessmen are more trustworthy than politicians, professors and preachers.)
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To: Squantos

Thanks.


74 posted on 12/08/2011 5:09:00 PM PST by saminfl
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To: Red Badger

Imagine sitting there,minding your own P’s and Q’s,when a cannonball falls through your roof?

I’m sorry but that’s funny,at least in terms of a movie.

I’m picturing someone in a comedy just sitting there when this cannonball falls through their roof.


75 posted on 01/08/2012 2:06:44 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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