Mythbusters Cannonball

December 7, 2011 by staff 

Mythbusters Cannonball, I wonder which member of the “Mythbusters” production team was asked to go to a nice suburban California house to ask: “Can we have our cannonball back, please? You see, it seems as if there was a slight miscalculation on the part of the science-meets-stunts show when it fired a cannonball on a bomb disposal range in Dublin, Calif., yesterday.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the projectile was supposed to hit some rather large trash cans filled with water before piercing a wall.

Strangely, it missed the trash cans, tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced its merry way down a hillside, barreled 700 yards through a suburban California neighborhood, smashed through the front door of a house, bounced up the stairs of the house and, without knocking, penetrated a bedroom door where a man, woman, and child were sleeping.

They were only woken after the cannonball had passed through. There was a little rubble and dust.

Was it done? Of course not. The cannonball then bounced its way out through the wall of the house, crossed a road, smashed a few tiles that were carelessly lying around on the roof of another house and finally took a seat inside the Gill family’s Toyota Sienna, which they had thoughtlessly parked in the driveway of their home.

A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department — which is responsible for the bomb range — gave the Chronicle three apposite words for the incident: “Crazy, crazy, crazy.” Well, it was traveling at 1,000 feet per second.

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