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'Mythbusters'

Experiment Goes Wrong

Cannonball RIPS Through Homes

12/7/2011 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Two California families are lucky to be alive -- after a "Mythbusters" experiment went horribly awry yesterday ... sending a cannonball careening through their homes, leaving MASSIVE holes in its wake.

Sgt. JD Nelson from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department says hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage were trying to figure out how effective a cannon is at firing non-cannonball objects ... but first, they had to test the cannonball itself.

The cannonball was supposed to land harmlessly in a nearby hill -- but something went wrong ... and the ball,  traveling at about 1000 ft/s, went over the hill bordering Camp Parks Military Firing Reservation, and into the neighboring town of Dublin, crashing through two separate houses before finally coming to rest ... inside someone's minivan.

The Discovery Channel show has been put on hold after the mishap, pending a full investigation. Luckily, no one was injured.

Thanks to San Francisco KTVU for the footage.

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7:30 AM PT: It's unclear how the experiment became derailed -- but a rep for Discovery tells TMZ, all proper safety protocol was observed. The rep adds, show producers are currently "assessing the situation and working with those whose property was affected."

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Muppet    

Seriously stupid!

990 days ago
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Bruno    

Holy Cr*p! Glad no one was hurt.

990 days ago
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thestupid    

Well I give the cannonball an A+ for effort and attitude!

990 days ago
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Tom C.    

It was only a matter of time...

990 days ago
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mebrat24    

ops, lol

990 days ago
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crimsons    

Not cool.

990 days ago
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John    

funny it looks like it bounced off the house and door.. there is no holes just impact marks..

990 days ago
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Victor    

HOUSE - BUSTED

990 days ago
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Joe Commenter    

"Well I give the cannonball an A+ for effort and attitude!"

Don't you mean altitude?

990 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Fact: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" - Murphy's Law

990 days ago
11.

William Denault    

All Cannon-BALLED-UP ! LOL !

990 days ago
12.

VonK    

Send in the Extreme Home Makeover crew! Make some lemonade, TV!

990 days ago
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PT    

God, I hope Kari (*drool*) wasn't hurt.

990 days ago
14.

Who Knew    

Holly **** on a stick. Oops!

990 days ago
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Who Knew    

Maybe they can line up the Kardashians single file and see if the cannonball can get through all that plastic, polyester animal prints and fat butts. I'd buy that for a dollar.

990 days ago
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