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Oops! Civil War fan pierces neighbor's house with cannonball, police say
ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | Friday, September 4, 2009 | AP Staff

Posted on 09/04/2009 2:10:54 PM PDT by Wardenclyffe

UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- State police have charged a self-proclaimed Civil War buff with accidentally firing a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of a neighbor's home.

Fifty-four-year-old William Maser says he was firing a cannon Wednesday evening when the ball ricocheted and hit the house about 400 yards away.

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


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dixie; hatewhenthathappens

Doh!!

1 posted on 09/04/2009 2:10:55 PM PDT by Wardenclyffe
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To: Wardenclyffe

Now that’s just dumbass.....


2 posted on 09/04/2009 2:11:43 PM PDT by Gaffer
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So, is this the opening volley for CWII?


3 posted on 09/04/2009 2:12:02 PM PDT by Heartlander2
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To: Wardenclyffe

What did the cannonball first strike?


5 posted on 09/04/2009 2:12:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Police say nobody was hurt by the cannonball, which slammed through a window and a wall before landing in a clothes closet.
6 posted on 09/04/2009 2:15:23 PM PDT by Wardenclyffe
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To: Wardenclyffe

Someone should tell this guy to wait a few more days. Sheesh. Didn’t he get the memo?


7 posted on 09/04/2009 2:16:33 PM PDT by blueglass
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"Now that right there's funny...I don't care who you are."

What an idiot! Lucky he didn't kill someone. Time to take his toys away from him.
8 posted on 09/04/2009 2:16:36 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

It was alleged to have ricocheted in order to get to the house. Must have hit something hard. A concrete wall?


9 posted on 09/04/2009 2:17:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: blueglass

Weapons testing is often prudent.


10 posted on 09/04/2009 2:18:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

11 posted on 09/04/2009 2:18:25 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


12 posted on 09/04/2009 2:18:34 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

I’m a history buff and all for shooting a cannon....in a big field at a Civil War reenactment or something.

This was flat dangerous.


13 posted on 09/04/2009 2:18:56 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Wardenclyffe

Well, you know this guy didn’t go to school at Flordia State University. Had he, he would have been wide right or left!


14 posted on 09/04/2009 2:19:13 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: Wardenclyffe
Anybody wanna guess what the first words out of his mouth were when it happened?...Huh?...Anybody?

I'm betting it was, "Oh S#!T!"
15 posted on 09/04/2009 2:19:23 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

"Ya Can't Fix Stupid!"

16 posted on 09/04/2009 2:20:03 PM PDT by Wardenclyffe
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To: Sudetenland

I’m betting it was, “Oh S#!T!”

or...Who put that house there?....


17 posted on 09/04/2009 2:20:34 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Wardenclyffe

I HATE when that happens...

Colonel, USAFR


18 posted on 09/04/2009 2:21:23 PM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: Wardenclyffe

Not covered by the Second Amendment.


19 posted on 09/04/2009 2:22:26 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Wardenclyffe
This ought to be a Bud Light commercial.

Real Man of Genius: "Mr. Cannonball Shooter Into His Neighbor's House Man!"

20 posted on 09/04/2009 2:23:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Martha's Vineyard is great! Hey, honey, let's take a drive . . . .)
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To: Wardenclyffe
Maybe these would help?.....
21 posted on 09/04/2009 2:24:38 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sudetenland
Anybody wanna guess what the first words out of his mouth were when it happened?...Huh?...Anybody?

I bet the words right before this happened were "hold my beer.. watch this"..

22 posted on 09/04/2009 2:25:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Wardenclyffe

Well, just as long as it didn’t have a Confederate flag painted on it there shouldn’t be a problem.


23 posted on 09/04/2009 2:26:49 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right,...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

It says he was charged, what was he charged with? Was the man unwilling to make amends for the accident.

I’m not saying he didn’t do something really stupid, but do we really need accidents where to be no one was hurt, as long as the person makes amends for said accident, to be criminal?


24 posted on 09/04/2009 2:29:00 PM PDT by jkeith3213
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To: jkeith3213
From the article:

Maser is charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.

25 posted on 09/04/2009 2:32:18 PM PDT by Wardenclyffe
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To: Wardenclyffe
Because of the danger of those cannon balls firing themselves into schools and churches I gave the Family Cannon Ball (seriously) to a Civil War reenactor who had much hands on experience taming those beasts.

:o)

26 posted on 09/04/2009 2:43:51 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (We have a Watermelon Government - Environmental Green on the outside, Commie red on the inside.)
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To: Gaffer

Ya gotta expect alcohol was involved.


27 posted on 09/04/2009 2:51:35 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Wardenclyffe

You need a good back stop no matter what you are shooting. This wouldn’t have happened with a frozen juice concentrate can filled with cement. (Like we used to use at the gravel quarry)


28 posted on 09/04/2009 2:51:45 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Question Marxist Authority)
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To: mnehring

If it was in Texas, I might believe that. :)


29 posted on 09/04/2009 2:53:23 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

He sent a 2 pound ball 400 yards and through the side of a house on a ricochet?

Use less powder, or go to a bigger range.


30 posted on 09/04/2009 2:59:16 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Wardenclyffe

During the Civil War many a farm boy on each side lost a foot or leg when they would kick at a cannon ball rolling on the ground through their lines. Cannon balls will skip on the earth if the trajectory was flat at point of impact much like a stone skipping on water.
We believed that the same thing happened when a 25th Div 90mm tank round “parked” itself in our messhall wall in 1968. Impact was 8’ above ground and we heard nothing before it arrived. EOD was going to blow it in place we said “No freaking Way!” It was dug out and hauled away.


31 posted on 09/04/2009 3:04:18 PM PDT by TaMoDee
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

LMAO!!! Nominated for Pic Of The Day!


32 posted on 09/04/2009 3:16:28 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: headstamp 2

+1 on the backstop. Geez, I worry when I shoot steel core ammo with a rifle. Still...a 400 yard ricochet with a 2lb. projectile is pretty impressive in a way.


33 posted on 09/04/2009 3:17:06 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Wardenclyffe

34 posted on 09/04/2009 3:33:23 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: Wardenclyffe
DO NOT press the foot trigger.


35 posted on 09/04/2009 4:19:38 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: rwfromkansas

“I’m a history buff and all for shooting a cannon....in a big field at a Civil War reenactment or something.”

Two things from the American Civil War have impressed me: One, hearing a cannonade from the re-enacters. And two, hearing an old recording from a reunion of Civil War vets in 1937 of the rebel yell. Fascinating.


36 posted on 09/04/2009 5:37:39 PM PDT by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: Wardenclyffe

Sadly, the first thing I did was look for the name to see if I knew him. LOL! I guarantee we have some friends in common.

More local (to the Uniontown area) cannon news
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2328777/posts

and hilarious fun with improvised cannons:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/990840/posts

I might need to go to the flea market & buy some bowling balls!


37 posted on 09/04/2009 8:37:33 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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