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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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61.

Crytone    

The myth that 2 Houses can stop a cannon ball is now busted.. Takes a minivan also!

988 days ago
62.

tlcmk    

We'll blame it on Tory and Grant. The show went down hill when they put those two on camera.

988 days ago
63.

sevankambel    

love how u guys "photoshopped" the pic.. thanks for adding the extra chicken wire... dumbasses!!

988 days ago
64.

asd    

wow what a rich neighborhood, nice big houses

988 days ago
65.

Melissa    

"Honey why is their a draft coming in?" lol

988 days ago
66.

AJ    

Ooof! That sux. Luckily no one was hurt.
Still like the show.

988 days ago
67.

some guy    

For how long this show has been on and all the crazy stuff they do, I'm impressed that this is the first time anything big like this has happened. Glad to hear no one was hurt.

987 days ago
68.

Irene    

Holy crap....LOL! EPIC. FAIL.

986 days ago
69.

condo    

Off the hill, through the street, right through the house,off that houses roof,in between the vans seats, nothing but net?

986 days ago
70.

fox    

two families are lucky to be alive? Do you see how small the holes are? The odds of it actually hitting anyone in the houses are ridiculously low, let alone killing the entirety of both families. I don't recommend shooting cannonballs through houses but even with the ball going through the houses it would have been incredibly bad luck if someone wa*****.

973 days ago
71.

Jane    

Nothing will stop Mythbusters from airing... Season 300, here we come!

http://www.celebremix.com/remixes/view/579?utm_source=CRX&utm_medium=Post&utm_campaign=Mythbusters-300

918 days ago
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