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<i>Mythbusters</i> Accident Blasts Homes

Near-miss after cannonball goes wild

Two houses and a car were damaged by a cannonball in the Bay Area after an experiment for the popular television show Mythbusters went wrong. The crew was firing a cannon at a bomb range in Dublin, California, when one of their shots missed its target, a group of trash cans full of water, and instead smashed through a concrete wall and into a residential neighborhood. Traveling at about 680 miles per hour, the cannonball ripped through the walls of a house, crossed a four-lane road, ricocheted off the roof of another home, and smashed through a minivan's window before coming to a stop. The show was testing whether various materials were as effective as cannonballs when fired from a cannon.

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