Following the MythBusters cannonball accident that sent a cast iron cannon sailing in the air and destroying homes, residents in Dublin, Calif. worry about the safety of their neighborhood and repairs needed following the incident.
On Tuesday, an experiment for Discovery Channel's Mythbusters went wrong, sending a wayward six-inch cannonball through two homes and a minivan. No one was injured, but neighbors expressed concern about nearby Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation where the cannon was fired.
I'm just trying to get my house fixed, the anonymous owner of the house told Mercury News. The owner said the spot where the cannonball hit was fixed but is still noticeably damaged.
One neighbor, Dawn Chirdon, said children typically play outside and thankfully were not hurt.
Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti said police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office are investigating the accident, as the cannonball was taken for evidence, and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the incident can never happen again.
I really do think it was somewhat of a freakish accident, Sbranti said. Even one incident is one we just can't have.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said the experiment was to determine how fast a cannonball could travel. However, the ball was misfired.
This cannonball was supposed to go through several barrels of water and through a cinder block, and then ultimately into the side of the hill, J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department told CBS Los Angeles.
According to CBS Los Angeles, the cannonball traveled 700 yards through the front door of a home in Dublin, Calif., bounced like a pinball up to the second floor via the stairs before razing through walls in the home. CNet reported that a man, woman and child were sleeping in the bedroom the cannonball entered.
The cannon then reportedly sailed across a busy road, into a second home 50 yards away and damaged the roof before finally stopping when it burst through the window of a minivan.
MythBusters is a Discovery Channel TV series hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage that debunks common myths and urban legends through experimentation. Nelson said the production crew had used the space, the Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, before though no past experiments had gone wrong.
It was crazy. That's for sure, Nelson, who frequently assists in production, told the New York Daily News. If someone asked me two days ago, 'Could this homemade cannon shoot that far, off a hill into this neighborhood?' I would have said no way. But now it's confirmed.
The Discovery Channel said in a statement that all safety procedures were followed.
During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety beam. No injuries were reported, but damage was reported in one Dublin home and one parked car, the statement read. All proper safety protocol was observed. Beyond Productions is currently assessing the situation and working with those whose property was affected.
The Discovery Channel said a senior producer reached out to victims of the wayward cannonball and will meet with their insurers, according to the statement.