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Posted by Boghound on January 5, 2012

Cannonball hits house after TV experiment goes wrong

A cannonball crashed through a home in California on Wednesday after an experiment on a television show went wrong.

Nobody was injured when the cannonball went astray, although a parked car was damaged.

The mishap took place during filming at an Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb range in Dublin, California, which is about 25 miles east of San Francisco. The cannonball is believed to have unexpectedly bounced off a safety beam, when the show’s producers were testing the stunt.

“During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety berm,” a spokesman for the Discovery Channel, which airs the MythBusters show, said in a statement.

MythBusters is a science show that stars special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who conduct unusual and occasionally explosive experiments to test the validity of urban myths, such as whether shooting fish in a barrel is as easy as it sounds.

It is unclear what experiment the show’s producers were attempting when the cannonball hit the house. However, a bomb technician and explosives safety expert was present during the firing.

“All proper safety protocol was observed” prior to the incident, a spokesman for the cable TV network added.

A representative for the county sheriff could not be reached for comment


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