‘Mythbusters’ Apologize for Cannonball Mishap

On Tuesday, around four in the afternoon, a cannonball came whizzing through a Tassajara Creek neighborhood in California busting through two homes and a minivan. Where did the errant cannonball come from? The Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman were testing a homemade cannonball experiment at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb disposal range when their cantalope-sized cannonball launched well beyond the safety barriers. Read our original report of the accident.

Thankfully no one was injured but a good amount of property damage occurred. In a press conference yesterday, Adam and Jamie fielded questions about the incident as well as apologized saying it was, “the worst thing that’s happened on our watch,” and they’ll do their best to see something like it never happens again.

It also seems unlikely we’ll ever see the segment on television since when asked whether or not the myth they were testing was confirmed or busted they said what happened is, “not entertainment.”

Bummer. I know it’s a serious situation and all, I mean, shit, someone could have DIED had they been struck by the cannonball. (Actually, I’d love to see them recreate what happens to a human body when hit by a cannonball with that kind of force but that might be in poor taste.) Since no one was injured, I don’t see why we can’t look passed it and still see the footage. Admit, you really want to see their faces when they learned the cannonball traveled an extra 700 yards.

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I think it’s safe to say everyone loves Mythbusters. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, often joined by Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, get a chance to do all sorts of cool shit with high explosives normal humans would never be allowed to. For good reason, the stunts they pull off are really, really dangerous. Like their most recent experiment involving a cannonball which went awry when the six-inch projectile tore through a nearby neighborhood.


Here’s the report of the incident from the San Francisco Chronicle,

The cantaloupe-sized cannonball missed the water, tore through a cinder-block wall, skipped off a hillside and flew some 700 yards east, right into the Tassajara Creek neighborhood, where children were returning home from school at 4:15 p.m., authorities said.

There, the 6-inch projectile bounced in front of a home on quiet Cassata Place, ripped through the front door, raced up the stairs and blasted through a bedroom, where a man, woman and child slept through it all – only awakening because of plaster dust.

The ball wasn’t done bouncing.

It exited the house, leaving a perfectly round hole in the stucco, crossed six-lane Tassajara Road, took out several tiles from the roof of a home on Bellevue Circle and finally slammed into the Gill family’s beige Toyota Sienna minivan in a driveway on Springvale Drive.

Damn. Can you imagine!? Luckily no one was injured. Had the cannonball hit anyone they would have been destroyed on the spot. No word yet on if the stunt will appear on television.

Discovery has issued a statement explaining the accident,

During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety berm. No injuries were reported, but damage was reported in one Dublin home and one parked car.

Sgt. J.D. Nelson, Public Information Officer and bomb technician for the Alameda County Sheriff’s office, who is a regular safety explosives expert for MythBusters, was on site and all proper safety protocol was observed.

Beyond Productions is currently assessing the situation and working with those whose property was affected.

A local news report  is also available which give you a clearer picture of how far the cannonball traveled. How far? Really fuckin’ far!

Everyone’s entitled to make mistakes, granted most of us aren’t handling something quite as dangerous as a six-inch cannonball hurtling over 700 yards, but shit happens. Again, thankfully no one was hurt or this would have been a terribly different news story. I do hope they somehow work the stunt into an episode. Who wouldn’t love to see Adam and Jamie’s faces when they learn where the cannonball ended up.

Sources: You Bent My Wookie, Bleeding Cool