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  1. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Cannonball from ‘Mythbusters’ show crashes through Calif. home & lands in minivan

    Projectile crosses 6-lane highway in ‘crazy’ accident

    BY Nancy Dillon
    Wednesday, December 7 2011, 3:11 PM

    image. Doug Duran/AP
    Exit hole from wayward ‘Mythbusters’ cannonball is seen in the wall of a home in Dublin, Calif., on Tuesday.

    A wacky stunt for the TV show “Mythbusters” went haywire Tuesday and sent a cannonball tearing though a sleeping family's home in California.
    The occupants miraculously escaped injury.
    “It was crazy. That's for sure," Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department told the Daily News. “If someone asked me two days ago, 'Could this homemade cannon shoot that far, off a hill into this neighborhood?' I would have said no way. But now it's confirmed."
    He said the popular Discovery Channel show intended to fire the 6-inch steel cannonball to test its velocity. It aimed the projectile at huge containers of water meant to absorb the impact on the grounds of the sheriff's bomb disposal range.
    But the ball somehow missed its mark, took an unforeseen bounce off a safety berm and barreled into the quiet Tassajara Creek neighborhood of Dublin about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
    That's where the projectile turned into a suburban pinball, bouncing off a sidewalk, blasting through a front door, barreling up some stairs and careening through a bedroom where a man, woman and child were reportedly sleeping.
    The cannonball then punched through the home's exterior stucco wall, sailed across a six-lane thoroughfare, ricocheted off the roof of another home and finally crashed through the window of a parked, empty Toyota Sienna minivan, where it came to rest.
    "I had just got out of the van five minutes earlier," owner Jasbir Gill, 42, told local media, according to KTVU. "I'm glad my kids weren't inside the van. So lucky."
    Sgt. Nelson said dust from the shattered sheetrock woke the sleeping family, not the sound of the ball.
    Nelson said the San Francisco-based TV production has insurance coverage, but that the bomb disposal range has been shut down pending a safety review.
    He said his department had worked with the producers on about 50 previous experiments.
    "This show promotes science. It's one of the reasons we do the show. We believe in the message. But something like this obviously can't happen," Nelson said.

    'Mythbusters' cannonball hits family home, van - The Washington Post


    oops i guess the myth wasn't busted...
  2. Charliefox

    Charliefox Monkey+

    I'm suprised they don't have more incidents like this - they do some wacky stuff!
  3. carly28043

    carly28043 Monkey+

    Please, please let Discovery air this one
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Just shows you never know WHERE a ricochet will end up! Now some well-meaning idiots will want to close down that lonely isolated' bomb range'......
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    They've already said it won't be aired. More's the pity.
  6. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    What do you say when that happens "oh dawg Im sorry I shot a cannon ball into your house my bad." (lol)
  7. Redneck Rebel

    Redneck Rebel Monkey++

    Wrong show... I'm reading that more like Xzibit on pimp my ride.
  8. Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog survival of the breed

    Ha ha thats just wrong, you trying to get my good ol'boy membership card taken. (lol)
    Redneck Rebel and Cephus like this.
  9. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    It'd be a ten thousand dollar winner for the "America's Funniest Videos" program!
    Or a good lead in to a new episode of "Extreme Home Make-over"!

    Wolfgang2000 likes this.
  10. doubletap1911

    doubletap1911 Monkey+

    Anyone else find it odd the entire family was asleep at 4pm?
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