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Pa. man fires cannon, hits neighbor's house
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, September 4, 2009 | AP - No Author Given

Posted on 09/04/2009 9:34:37 AM PDT by Zetman

A Pennsylvania history buff who recreates firearms from old wars accidentally fired a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of his neighbor's home.

Fifty-four-year-old William Maser fired a cannonball Wednesday evening outside his home in Georges Township that ricocheted and hit a house 400 yards away.

The cannonball, about two inches in diameter, smashed through a window and a wall before landing in a closet. Authorities say nobody was hurt.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: cannon; cannonball; house
What do you say after doing something like this ??

"Ooooops !!! SORRY !!!"

1 posted on 09/04/2009 9:34:38 AM PDT by Zetman
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To: Zetman

Maybe the old, “I didn’t know it was loaded” ploy.


2 posted on 09/04/2009 9:41:43 AM PDT by scooter2 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW !)
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To: Zetman

SanFranChron in a hurry to put a Bitter Clinger on the front page....


3 posted on 09/04/2009 9:41:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Zetman

First shot fired in the new revolution? Lock and load!


4 posted on 09/04/2009 9:44:57 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (If you keep ignoring your rights, they will quietly go away.)
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To: Zetman

Dontcha just hate when that happenz ...


5 posted on 09/04/2009 9:49:42 AM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Zetman

Oops is right!

He says he won’t be doing it again..

The BATF and DoJ may see to that.

Damn. Lucky no one was hurt.


6 posted on 09/04/2009 9:50:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Zetman

$50 million damage. Flare sparked fire at Patrick Cudahy plant

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/50790692.html


7 posted on 09/04/2009 9:51:19 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: scooter2
Maybe the old, “I didn’t know it was loaded” ploy.

One of my kids said that after his potato cannon went off in the basement.

8 posted on 09/04/2009 9:52:04 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: hiredhand; Squantos
Will either of you deny having done something similar? lol
9 posted on 09/04/2009 9:56:53 AM PDT by verity
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To: Zetman

It isn’t a cannon, it’s a 1/2 gauge shotgun.


10 posted on 09/04/2009 10:06:07 AM PDT by magslinger (Inside every father is a Bryan Mills waiting to get out.)
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To: verity

He needs to upgrade to a 10 or 12 pounder and switch to chainshot, no ricochet problems.


11 posted on 09/04/2009 10:06:14 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Zetman

I hate when that happens!


12 posted on 09/04/2009 10:08:49 AM PDT by opbuzz (Right way, wrong way, Marine way)
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To: Zetman
The last time I looked, most things with a bore over 0.5 inches was considered an ATF "destructive device."
"(B) any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell which the Secretary finds is generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter;"

A black-powder cannon capable of firing a 2 pound projectile is probably going to find the owner showing he has the proper registration of the device and was following all associated federal rules in the ownership and operation of a destructive device. These are sometimes called weapons of war.

The guy is going to be lucky to stay out of jail, keep from being put on a terrorist watch list and/or ending up with any property once the fed's through the book at him.

Remember that one of the reasons for the ATF destruction of the Branch Dividians in Texas was the "fear" that they had a WW2 British Boys Anti-tank rifle that had a bore of about 0.55 inches.

13 posted on 09/04/2009 10:20:49 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Zetman
Possibly overheard before the incident, "Broad side of a barn, huh? I'll show you!"
14 posted on 09/04/2009 10:29:56 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Robert357

> “The last time I looked, most things with a bore over 0.5 inches was considered an ATF “destructive device.” “

Not if it is a black powder muzzleloader or a smoothbore shotgun.


15 posted on 09/04/2009 10:39:56 AM PDT by jim_trent
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To: Zetman

What do you say after doing something like this ??

WOW! thats the first time I’ve ever seen a comet come down.


16 posted on 09/04/2009 10:49:56 AM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: Zetman

This is your cannon this is your gun. This one’s for ... well, they’re both for fun.


17 posted on 09/04/2009 10:49:57 AM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: scooter2

anywhere’s near Jon & Kate +8?


18 posted on 09/04/2009 11:00:12 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow"C.Coolidge)
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To: Zetman

Are the guy’s initials W.E.C. and is the cannon etched on the side with “ACME” ???


19 posted on 09/04/2009 11:23:47 AM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Eaker; humblegunner

Bang


20 posted on 09/04/2009 11:44:34 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney; humblegunner; TheMom

I have an alibi but I bet gunner doesn’t!


21 posted on 09/04/2009 11:47:44 AM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: Zetman

WHAT HAPPEN?


22 posted on 09/04/2009 11:49:09 AM PDT by RichInOC (HA HA HA HA....)
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To: Zetman

Epic Fail!


23 posted on 09/04/2009 11:49:56 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Zetman
The neighbor should be grateful that Mr. Maser was merely a cannon aficionado and not a fancier of the flaming pumpkin trebuchet.
24 posted on 09/04/2009 11:54:25 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Zetman

Here’s my insurance info.
Sorry, it was all my wife’s fault.
:-)


25 posted on 09/04/2009 11:59:52 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (google; operation garden spot and REX84)
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To: Eaker; thackney; TheMom
hit a house 400 yards away.

Y'all make this sound like something less than a success.

26 posted on 09/04/2009 12:13:34 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: OB1kNOb
"...First shot fired in the new revolution?..."

Dammit, I wanted to be the first!

27 posted on 09/04/2009 12:29:49 PM PDT by I Buried My Guns
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To: verity; SLB

I have never missed !!!


28 posted on 09/04/2009 12:47:23 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Robert357

Pretty sure blackpowder front stuffer cannon doesn’t matter....batfags get all wee wee,d up if it was a breach loader that uses an artillery round of ammo.


29 posted on 09/04/2009 12:55:59 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Eaker

Bowling ?..........ball mortar !!

Ain’t an excuse Eeeeek !


30 posted on 09/04/2009 12:58:45 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Well putting a boomerang curve on it didn’t help, as they kept it!


31 posted on 09/04/2009 2:00:49 PM PDT by Eaker (If you have a problem and If explosives are an option then explosives are THE answer.)
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To: Eaker

LMAO !!


32 posted on 09/04/2009 2:46:45 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: verity

I would post what comes to mind, but admin mods will just pull it! :-)


33 posted on 09/04/2009 3:04:45 PM PDT by hiredhand (Understand the CRA and why we're facing economic collapse - see my about page.)
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