Mythbusters cannonball accidentally goes through house, hits car

A cannonball fired by the Mythbusters went through a house, across a road, and into a car, but the accident injured no one.

A 5.5 inch cannonball fired from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb range in Dublin, California, “went through the house while the occupants were asleep, then exited the structure and bounced across Tassajara and into a parked car, breaking its glass and landing inside the vehicle,” Dubiln’s Patch reports. It has photos of the damage.

A sheriff’s department spokesperson told media that the cannonball, fired out of a cannon used on the show before at a range they’ve used more than 50 times, “took a very unfortunate bounce that sent the ball skyward and out of the range.” Discovery explained the incident in a statement that said, in part:

“During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety berm. No injuries were reported, but damage was reported in one Dublin home and one parked car. Sgt. J.D. Nelson, Public Information Officer and bomb technician for the Alameda County Sheriff’s office, who is a regular safety explosives expert for MythBusters, was on site and all proper safety protocol was observed. Beyond Productions is currently assessing the situation and working with those whose property was affected.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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