Mythbusters accidentally fires cannonball through a home, minivan

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The team at legend-disproving show Mythbusters busted more than myths yesterday while filming a scene at a Northern California bomb-disposal range. Their homemade cannon launched a projectile past the range, through someone's house, and finally into a minivan.

No one was hurt in the incident yesterday, which is sort of miraculous given just how far the Mythbusters-launched cannonball went.

Here's a description from the San Francisco Chronicle:

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.


A beige Toyota minivan... so nothing of serious value?

The crew at Mythbusters has apparently clammed up about the incident, perhaps while their lawyers calculate a message and the hosts calculate just how lucky they were no one was harmed.
(Hat tip to Steve!

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