Mythbusters Fire Cannonball into Suburban Home

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Mythbusters Fire Cannonball into Suburban Home

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Myth confirmed: a small rogue cannonball can cause a lot of property damage.

The Mythbusters have done a lot in the name of creative television. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, and their crew have fought sharks, blown up cement trucks, and even built enormous solar death rays, all in the name of science. However, any good scientist knows that experiments sometimes go awry, and the Mythbusters team proved that with typically explosive results. While testing a myth involving water barrels and a concrete barrier, the team accidentally fired a cannonball into suburban Dublin, California, wrecking a roof, a wall, and a car - but thankfully, no people.

In a scene straight out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon, "the 6-inch projectile bounced in front of a home ... ripped through the front door, raced up the stairs and blasted through a bedroom," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The cannonball failed to wake the three people sleeping in the house, but the resulting plaster dust did shortly afterwards. In addition to taking out a good chunk of wall and roof tiles, the cannonball then careened across the street and smashed into a parked car.

Longtime viewers will not be surprised to learn that the team has used this particular cannon over fifty times before, but may not know that this is the very first time it misfired. "They're very sorry that this happened," said a Mythbusters consultant, adding that "[They] have insurance for these kinds of things." The kind of insurance necessary to fix all of the property damage, deal with any legal violations, and keep the show on the air must be astronomical. Then again, when your show is almost guaranteed to end with a huge explosion each week, you probably invest in a pretty comprehensive policy.

The Mythbusters have always been careful to balance dangerous experiments with sensible safety precautions, but if you work with hazardous equipment over and over, something is bound to go wrong eventually. Given their otherwise-stellar reputation for keeping crewmembers and civilians safe, it's probably best to write this one off as a fluke. Besides, you can't expect to advance the cause of science without blowing up a whole lot of stuff.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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that's hillariously stupid

Haven't watch Mythbusters for far too long. I really should.

OT: No one was hurt, the production company with pay up, everything will be fine.

I guess they... blew that families mind? 8)

OT: I have no trouble believing theres insurance for cannonball wreckage, and that they were able to foresee this happening. You own a cannonball, its bound to go through someone's wall.

Good thing it mythed.

Wow, it took them this long to have an explosion seriously misfire. That's an awesome record. I would give my legs and left arm for a chance to work with those guys.

As long as nobody got hurt, and they'll get everything fixed up, they should be having a grand old time, maybe even get a guest spot on the show for their troubles.

Wait... So the cannon misfired, the cannon ball smashed through a door, rolled UP some stairs, got airborne again, smashed through a wall and the roof, then wrecked a car?

Goddamn. o_O

Blargh McBlargh:
Wait... So the cannon misfired, the cannon ball smashed through a door, rolled UP some stairs, got airborne again, smashed through a wall and the roof, then wrecked a car?

Goddamn. o_O

It's like bowling. With a cannon.

P.S. Do fix that last link please. There's a line break in there that causes Youtube to question my sanity.

DarthVella:
Wow, it took them this long to have an explosion seriously misfire. That's an awesome record. I would give my legs and left arm for a chance to work with those guys.

And, with their track record, hopefully you wouldn't need to!

This is a pretty funny story, though, lucky that nobody was hurt. Mythbusters is still one of my favorite shows, combining explosions with a good scientific background to go with those explosions. It's just a great show overall, hopefully they'll get out of this with few legal scars.

Heard this on the radio. Some things can happen out of nowhere at times.

I wonder if this will make it into an episode...

Yeah, that was funny. I wonder if they're going to put this on the air. Anyway, I would have woken up by a the cannonball because I just wakeup when something that loud gets into my room.

I wonder if I'll ever be able to get an internship with Discovery...wouldn't mind working with these gentlemen.

I hate to say it, but it wouldn't wake me up either. I'd sleep like a baby through it. I once fell off my bed as a kid, my parents came in and put me back in bed, and woke up completely unaware that it ever happened. And that probably wasn't the worst case of my refusal to wake up. Still, I know people that are probably worse.

Anyway, hopefully this can all be resolved without screwing up the Myth Busters work. Repair the home, pay them some money for damages and such, and offer them some time on the show. Pretty sure that will prevent any major issues.

Blargh McBlargh:
Wait... So the cannon misfired, the cannon ball smashed through a door, rolled UP some stairs, got airborne again, smashed through a wall and the roof, then wrecked a car?

Goddamn. o_O

That's one magic cannonball.

Chances this makes it to air? Less than 15%.

They must have been using their famous chicken gun to fire it. That's the only thing I can think of with enough kick to fire a cannonball with that much force that they haven't blown up a'la tree cannon.

Looking forward to seeing what the myth was

Don't they usually test their cannon shenanigans out in the middle of the desert? Where were they when they tested this.

I also heard the show was suspended but I don't know if it meant they were done recording the stunt or if the show was gonna stop being produced for a while or what.

Anyone knows what's that all about?

...did they shoot again successfully to prove or disprove the myth?

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EvilChameleon:

Chances this makes it to air? Less than 15%.

Not much to show, all the cameras were around the test site. I doubt the camera crew went to film the aftermath in the residential area... that's what sensationalist news reporters are for.

Jamie want big boom, Jamie get big boom!

Blargh McBlargh:
Wait... So the cannon misfired, the cannon ball smashed through a door, rolled UP some stairs, got airborne again, smashed through a wall and the roof, then wrecked a car?

Goddamn. o_O

In the door, past the stairs, up in the air, through the roof...nothing but minivan.

darkstone:
Don't they usually test their cannon shenanigans out in the middle of the desert? Where were they when they tested this.

Way I heard it, they were out on bombing range they've used to test a lot of other myths previously.

Hahah! Great! I hope this will be in an episode, if so I can't wait to see/hear their reactions :D

Living next to a bomb range is probably the reason no one noticed it. Though really, if you voluntarily move next door to a place like that, you should expect a wayward bomb once in a while.

Actually, why did they build homes that close to a bomb range in the first place?

It all happened in the name of science. No matter the outcome they still had a result and data which justifies anything that happened. That and of course a cannonball destroying an entire house.

Science +1

I'd probably build some monument around that wreckage. How many other people can give a tour of their home that includes "And this is the hole the Mythbusters made with a fucking cannon."

At the very least I do hope this gets put into an episode. Please tell me there is footage of the damage.

This is actually a pretty stupid show. From the moment they say what they're gonna test you can use your common sense to come to a correct conclusion if the myth will be busted or confirmed. Because their experiments are that dumb. And now look what they've done. Maybe it's a show for people who don't know anything about science.

Marshall Honorof:
The cannonball failed to wake the three people sleeping in the house, but the resulting plaster dust did shortly afterwards.

How do you sleep through that?! I mean, I think the sound of a cannon being fired, then going through *your* wall, then out *another* part of your wall, and smashing into a car would wake someone up?

MaxwellEdison:
I'd probably build some monument around that wreckage. How many other people can give a tour of their home that includes "And this is the hole the Mythbusters made with a fucking cannon."

This, a million times this.

Duke Machine:
I wonder if this will make it into an episode...

I REALLY hope so!!!

Adam Jensen:
This is actually a pretty stupid show. From the moment they say what they're gonna test you can use your common sense to come to a correct conclusion if the myth will be busted or confirmed. Because their experiments are that dumb. And now look what they've done. Maybe it's a show for people who don't know anything about science.

It's a show for people that like science and explosions, last time I checked.
Because you know, explosions.

I bet they caught the miss fire on camera.

-since no one was hurt, hope they air the mishap.

Hey, someone is paying for their house to be fixed up and they have a cool story to tell at parties. For as sucky as having a cannonball smashing through your house is, I'd say that's kind of a win.

I just really hope this makes the episode. That'll be so hilarious! I just want to see the expression on Adam and Jamie's faces.

I can somehow see the family owning that house immediately forgiving them as soon as they saw it was the Mythbusters.

Followed immediately by the signing of autographs.

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