Oops! Mythbusters Cast Apologetic After Firing a Cannonball Through Someone's Front Door

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EdgeTrigger

Accidents happen, and it is a interesting turn of events, but what if it hit someone and exploded them? !!!

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EdgeTrigger

Accidents happen, and it is a interesting turn of events, but what if it hit someone and exploded them? !!!

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dbett

The fundamental safety problem in this incident (and in many other episodes I've seen) is that they are using a bomb range as an artillery range.  The two things are VERY different.  It is clear negligence and they need to suck it up and spend the money to rent an actual artillery range if they want to do shows involving projectiles.

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livebriand

Mythbusters is one of the few things out there that I find is actually worth watching. Fortunately, their stuff is on netflix, so I REALLY don't miss my cable TV.

The thing is, yes, they take safety seriously, but they are also blowing stuff up with C4. :D

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Deblackmon3

You guys can blow a hole through my front door anytime :D

I'll gladly pay for the damage. <3

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noobstix

When I heard about this, I kinda wondered how a cannonball of that size had enough momentum to miss the target, travel the distance it did, and hit as many things as it did.  I mean, it had gone through one house, crossed a six lane road (which I'm familiar with), hit the roof of another house and then landed on a minivan.

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dethdeks

for everyone that wants to see the aftermath heres the vid to it

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WnyS-lifuAU#!

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AntonioGarrison

I would totally love to see this episode.... if it ever airs.

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falconkestrel

Sadly it does not sound like it will.

http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/09/9327215-mythbusters-wont-air-cannonball-accident-on-the-show

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xs0u1x

no pitchfork waving here, lets be thankful nobody was hurt especially kids(as a father I couldn't imagine being in that situation with any of my children). hopefully they will pay for the damages, aside from that, wow.....misfire!!!

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alexw1234

I don't care if it not tech related, its still news that I enjoy hearing about, not in this case though. No new episode:(

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falconkestrel

How is this tech related! I don't read maximumpc for random news! Bring back the tech posts! :)

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Andacious

What nerd doesn't love Mythbusters?

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livebriand

+1000!

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falconkestrel

Don't get me wrong! I love Mythbusters, i have seen every episode, and re-watch all that i can! The thing is, this happened on the 7th (possible the sooner) and i heard about it on the 7th and MaximumPC is just now posting it (on the 9th). I come to MaximumPC to get tech news and tech related info, i don't come here for general news that is days old.

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AntonioGarrison

@Andacious, this is soo true.

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Zoandar

Why weren't they there? Maybe they could have spotted a problem and prevented the if incident.

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eikichi

It sounds like you haven't seen the show before.  On most episodes there are two teams working on differnt myths.  The main myth is worked on by the Jamie and Adam team, and there is a second team made up of Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci.  There are also numerous other crew members who do research on the myths and experiments, insurance companies are involved to review safety standards, and experts are often times called in to oversee.  In this instance it sounds like the experiment was conducted at the Alameda county bomb range under the supervision of the Alameda police bomb squad.  This is not uncommon as they have conducted experiments at this facility many times before.

I'm sure this was a freak incident.  As Jamie said in the interview they always err on the side of caution.

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