MythBusters Accident – MythBusters, a popular television series, had an accident with a live cannonball and we got the video to reveal what happened when the experience had gone wrong.
The show airs on the Discovery channel and attempts to debunk myths, both legendary and urban, but the latest experiment tested other materials to see if they would be as effective, and that’s where things went wrong on Tuesday.
In the taping for a ‘science meets stunts show,’ the cannonball was misfired and missed its target.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the projectile was supposed to hit some rather large trash cans filled with water before piercing a wall.
Instead it tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced its down a hillside, traveled 700 yards through a suburban California neighborhood, smashed through the front door of a house, bounced up the stairs and, penetrated a bedroom door where a man, woman, and child were sleeping, and through an exterior wall. Along the way it bounced off the roof of another home and through the window of a minivan where it finally came to rest.
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.”
The myth busters projectile was able to travel so far because it was moving at 1000 feet per second. Luckily there were no injuries involved in the incident.
Jasbir Gill, whose minivan was the cannonball’s final resting place, offered this to the Contra Costa Times: “It’s scary. I was in the van five minutes before this happened.”
Watch the MythBusters cannonball video: