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'MythBusters' Apologize for Cannonball Accident

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 8th 2011 5:45AM
'Mythbusters' cannonball accidentYesterday came news that the 'MythBusters' team had accidentally fired a 30-lbs cannonball through a house. Although on the face of it, it seemed like a pretty funny story, more details have since emerged that show how lucky local residents were to escape injury.

According to 'The San Francisco Chronicle,'
the cannonball travelled straight through the Shetty family's house, exiting through the exterior wall of the master bedroom as mom Seema was napping in the room with her two year-old son. After traveling a total of 3,300 feet, the cannonball eventually came to rest in Satwinder Gill's minivan. She told ABC-7 News that "my husband and son were in the car five minutes before it happened."

'MythBusters' hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage -- who were not present when the accident happened -- travelled to Dublin, California to meet with the families affected by the accident and to apologize. Savage told 'The San Francisco Chronicle,' "It's a wake-up call. Honestly, the feeling of embarrassment is not something we're indulging in right now. We feel for the families and the people affected by this."

Cannonball damage to Shetty family homeHe added, "Some people watch our show and think that we're reckless. Others watch our show and they see we take safety seriously. The fact is, the latter is the case."

Savage later tweeted: "Now it's back to SF, to meet and discuss how to keep this from ever happening again. Very intense. We're SUPER relieved no one was hurt."

The cannonball shot through the residential neighborhood when a 'Mythbusters' team including co-hosts Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara were testing to see if a cannonball fired from a stone cannon would be capable of breaching a castle wall.

They were conducting the experiment on the firing range at the Alameda County Sheriff's Regional Training Center, a venue they have used many times before without mishap.

Hyneman told 'The San Francisco Chronicle' that, as the cannonball was fired, the cannon suffered from "muzzle lift," which sent the projectile arcing across Dublin. It bounced on the Shettys' driveway and passed through their house before crossing a six-lane road. It then bounced off the roof of a second home before smashing into Mrs. Gill's minivan.

Meanwhile, angry homeowner Hitha Shetty told the 'Chronicle' that residents should have been told the experiment was being staged nearby. He also hinted that he may sue: "The kids are usually playing there," he said. "I want to make sure this doesn't happen again. And, of course, they need to pay for this. Not just the physical damage, but everything else."

Speaking on behalf of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, Sgt. J.D. Nelson told ABC-7 News: "[It's] Very unfortunate that it happened, very fortunate that no one got hurt." He added, "The range is shut down as of now, except for emergency detonations, until we can review all the policies and practices up there."



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mdstauffer12

WOW!! thank you Chad for posting one of the most idiotic, ignorant and unfounded comments I have ever read. I really wish that the so called "overgrown kids masquerading as public employees" would keep records of Idiots like you in order to prevent police officers and firefighters from having to risk their lives for ******** like you when you call 911. Everyone who read your verbal diarrhea is now dumber then they were 2 minutes ago.

November 11 2012 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chad

And of course this event occurred after ANOTHER SIMILAR accident where they were out playing with explosives with the help of local police and firefighters and detonated 500-lbs of explosives resulting in shattered windows in homes hundreds of feet away. For some reason, the local police chief decided that for "sake of safety" the WOULDN'T notify anyone of the blast beforehand. So basically you have so-called public servants selling the right to use public property to private individuals so that those private individuals can engage in activities that would land you in jail for a long time if you did them on your own private property. Just like the firefighters can legally burn down a house "donated" to them but you can't legally burn down your own. I don't know how long it's going to be before people wake up to the abuse of power exercised daily by cops, fire fighters and government in general in this country, but it had better be soon, because the braindead twits that think cops, firefighters and government are above the law won't have a country left before long...

November 11 2012 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chad

All of the people sitting here saying "cool" and "no big deal" are obviously braindead morons. Do you really thing the GUN AND BOMB range was there BEFORE the residential area?

November 11 2012 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chad

So the cops have their little gun and bomb playground within easy bullet range of a residential area and apparently rent it out to Mythbusters. Surely the big checks they're collecting for doing so have all gone right into the public treasury and not some secret slush fund to be used to buy more machine guns, armored personnel carriers, bomb robots and other expensive, unnecessary toys for the overgrown kids masquerading as public employees to play with. Right?

November 11 2012 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily Smith

If your gonna life/buy/rent a house next to a bomb range, you automatically knew this can happen. That Shetty family needs to grow up. Mythbusters are gonna repair your home and no one got hurt. It's people like the shettys that really piss me off. People like that all they see is dollar signs and I am so tried of people always looking to get rich quick and sue any one that has money (or no money) that offended you or hurt your feelings... GROW UP!!!

May 04 2012 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kyle Hierlmeier

Pay for more than the Physical damages? WTF? what other damages were there. nobody got hurt. the mythbusters apologized and are actively playing a part in the investigation to make sure this doesnt happen again. greedy ****, just settle for the repairs and be done with it

January 29 2012 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Biffo

I'm sad because of the racist comments here. People are individuals with different personalities. don't pull the Us and Them bullshit.

January 16 2012 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chance Golden

makes me mad that he is talking about suing... hes just looking to make a quick buck. I would be honored to have the mythbusters shoot a cannonball through my house.

December 20 2011 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cwstn20pc

Are you kidding ...if the Mythbusters shot my house i'd be sellin tickets to see inside
and a 100 bucks for a chunk of wall . come on big deal they live beside the BOMB range .DUH things happen
lucky it wasn't blue ice from a plane in there van!

Bushmonk

December 15 2011 at 6:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JinKid

He's mad about a cannon ball that didn't kill any one, at least they didn't fly planes in to their houses.

December 13 2011 at 5:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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