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December 9, 2011

Mythbusters Cannonball Goes Rogue

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Written by: Oscar Chrin
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Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, hosts of the long-running Discovery Channel show Mythbusters, issue a disclaimer at the beginning of every episode: “Remember, don’t try this at home. We’re what you call ‘experts’.”

… but as anyone who watches the show knows, even when you’re an “expert” and take the proper precautions things can–and do–go wrong.

While filming an experiment this Tuesday at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb disposal range (a location the show has used in over 50 episodes without incident) a 6-inch cannonball went rogue, missing its target (water barrels intended to slow it down) and blasting through a cinderblock wall. The cannonball skipped up a hill and proceeded to travel some 700 yards east into a suburban neighbourhood of Dublin, California.

No one was injured in the incident, but the relatively small projectile did manage to leave quite a bit of damage in its wake. The cannonball tore straight through a house, pinballed up the stairs where it left a “perfectly round hole in the stucco” upon exit. It continued its path of destruction, taking out several tiles on the roof of another home before it finally stopped, after flying across a busy road, upon colliding with a parked minivan.

Discovery Channel released a statement on the incident:

“Everyone at MythBusters, Beyond Productions and Discovery Channel is incredibly thankful that no one was injured and are very sorry for the disruption that this has caused for both the families affected, and the entire community of Dublin. The comfort and safety of the families affected is our utmost concern. We have offered immediate housing and transportation assistance and will continue to assess their needs. We are cooperating fully with investigators, and are currently assessing yesterday’s incident to ensure an incident like this does not happen again.”

[Via: San Francisco Chronicle]






One Comment


  1. Slag, physics are scary. Just thinking of its near-Rube Goldberg-esque warpath seems almost cartoonish in nature. Tearing through an entire house AND a cinderblock wall? Holy crap, were they firing it out of a MAC gun? And it seems mighty convenient that nobody was home in Dublin to be terrorized by Slappy, The Rogue Cannonball of Doom, but convenient in a good way. Still, holy crap.



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