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December 7, 2011

Oops... Mistaeks Were Made

Mythbusters' Stunt Goes Awry, Sends Cannonball Rocketing Through Homes
"€œThis cannonball was supposed to go through several barrels of water and through a cinder block, and then ultimately into the side of the hill,"said J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. Instead the cannonball flew over the foothills surrounding Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, before spiraling back toward Dublin like a cruise missile. It flew straight through the front door of a home on Cassata Place, and bounced around like a pinball, flying up to the second floor before blasting through a back bedroom wall. The wayward cannonball then blasted across a busy road and through a second home some 50 yards away, demolishing roof tiles....

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 7, 2011 7:45 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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What myth were they trying to bust? That cannonballs won't violate the laws of gravity?

Posted by: Peccable at December 8, 2011 6:16 AM

The Mrs. told me about this story last night by starting off with "Did you hear about the stunt on MythBusters?"

My immediate reply was "Who died, Jamie or Adam? Probably Adam, right?"

Perhaps the issue was not that the stunt failed, it's that the stunt worked TOO well.

Posted by: mmack at December 8, 2011 8:48 AM

They were testing a cannon to use to examine whether stone cannonballs could blast through stone walls.

Also, since when do cruise missiles spiral?

Posted by: JD at December 8, 2011 12:14 PM

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