Skip to comments.Errant 'Mythbusters' cannonball hits East Bay house
Posted on 12/07/2011 1:10:13 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
A cannonball misfired by the "Mythbusters" TV show crew blasted through an East Dublin 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 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 cannon was shot at the Sheriff's Office bomb range behind Santa Rita Jail about 4:15 p.m., said the spokesman, J.D. Nelson, who is also a consultant for the Discovery Channel TV show. He had been at the site with show producers all day, he said, though he said he was not by the cannon when it fired.
Producers have used that cannon -- which they built -- at the range more than 50 times without incident, Nelson said. Tuesday was different.
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.
About 700 feet away, it bounced in front of a home on Cassata Place, then tore upward through the home's front door and out midway up the back wall of the two-story house. Light could be seen shining through a round, cantaloupe-sized hole from inside the house out to Tassajara Road.
The cannonball then bounced at least once more, crossing the four-lane Tassajara Road, before smashing the window and dashboard of the minivan. It came to rest inside the vehicle, parked in a driveway at Bellevue Circle and Springvale Road.
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Wow. I thought the bomb range was further away from homes. D’oh. I’m glad that no one got hurt.
I’m guessing this will be the most watched episode of Mythbusters.
Well, there’s your problem!
Make them replace it w/ a Toyota.
I believe my Home Owner’s Insurance covers Wind, Fire, Water and Missle damage. Not so sure Cannonfire is covered.
That is soooooo cool.
Where is the picture of the two rednecks saying, “It blowd up reel good”?
What is it they always say, “Don’t try this at home. We are professionals with years of experience doing these sorts of things.” :)
4:15 p.m. and the occupants of the home were asleep?
I’ve seen a lot of comments like that too. I don’t understand why the residents of a house damaged in the incident deserve anything more than to have their property repaired.
It really is strange, when you stop to think about it, why so many people seem to get settlements because of something that COULD have happened.
I think I might sue the next guy who cuts me off in traffic. He could have killed me!
Duct Tape will fix it.
You are right...too many ambulance-chasing lawyers have really changed our society for the worse.
I doubt we will get to see this one.
At least not until the case is settled.
The part I liked best was this.”He had been at the site with show producers all day, he said, though he said he was not by the cannon when it fired. “
I bet no one else admits to being by it either LMAO.
Was the minivan a DODGE?
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