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Mythbusters Shoots Cannonball Through House

Mythbusters is TV show on the Discovery Channel that is dedicated to verifying and challenging urban legends. It is common for explosions to occur and for objects to be destroyed on the show.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, there was an unexpected incident at an Alameda County firing range during the show’s filming.

The Mythbusters crew attempted to fire a cannonball through barrels of water and a cinder block wall before embedding the cannonball in the bomb range’s hills. The cannon was built two years ago and has been successfully used at least three times before this incident.

J.D. Nelson, spokesperson for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, reported that the projectile “took a few unfortunate bounces.”

The cannonball missed the water barrels, went through the cinder block wall, bounced off the hill in which it was supposed to become embedded, and flew through a nearby house.  The cannonball entered the house through one wall and exited through another. The cannonball also damaged a vehicle in the neighborhood.

Thankfully, no one was injured.

The Mythbusters crew had used the same bomb range on at least 50 other occasions without any unexpected incidents.

Mythbusters engage in dangerous activities in the production of its show. They have an obligation to conduct their experiments safely and take precautions to ensure that no one or nothing is damaged. When there is unexpected property damage, the show is responsible for paying for the repairs. This rule applies in all 50 States.

Arizona personal injury attorneys work on cases where their clients have been injured due to others’ actions and/or negligence. These cases often involve property damage as well as personal injuries.

If your property has been damaged due to the action or negligence of others, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.