Date: Saturday, 10-December-2011, 0:55 AM | Message # 1
-- dragon lord--
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a botched experiment by the good folks from the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters show darn near took out an entire neighborhood in Dublin, California earlier this week.
The close call occurred on Tuesday, when the Mythbusters crew fired a homemade cannon toward some containers of water at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department bomb disposal range. In case the words "homemade cannon" didn't give it away, from there, things got a just a little hairy.
We'll let the Chronicle explain:
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.
Dublin Resident Jasbir Gill, 42, found the cannonball inside the Sienna (insert Japanese car reliability joke here). There was shattered glass all over the interior of the vehicle.
Somehow, thankfully, no one was hurt. J.D. Nelson, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, spoke for everyone, saying that it was "tremendously lucky that it didn't seriously injure or kill somebody."