Skip to comments.[Mythbusters] TV Stunt Goes Awry, Sends Cannonball Rocketing Through Homes
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 Sheriffs 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 homeowners mother was frightened.
It was a very loud boom; she thought a tree fell, maybe a meteor, said Ming Jiang. It wasnt clear that it was a cannonball landing on the roof.
The out of control cannonball finally came to a stop inside Jasper Gills 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. Im lucky Im 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.
I guess that’s why the Mythbuster’s tagline is, “Don’t try this at home.”
Is that picture posted so that we can calibrate our Gaydar?
That figure makes Obama look like a wax statue and I dont know why.
My thoughts exactly! He looks like he’s wearing death rouge.
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.
Pete Dionasopolis: "Um, golf clubs. Both of us."
And now we know why homes near the range have a low price tag and high insurance rate. Glad no one was hurt.
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! ;-)
Doesn’t mean much. Gays have been know to refer to ‘male partners’ as ‘wives’ and ‘husbands’, depending.........
Also surprised that the range masters let contestants consume alcohol during the event.
He’s such a fraud that even a pic like that makes him look like a fraud, a wax figure, a statue, a deception.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
They are former Hollywood SFX stuntmen, IIRC......................
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...................
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.
As a general rule, I am immediately suspicious of someone wearing a beret.
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.
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