Cannonball Incident Is Topic Of Community Meeting Saturday

Residents will get an opportunity to have their concerns addressed by Alameda County authorities and MythBusters representatives.

Dublin residents concerned about last week’s cannonball incident are invited to attend a community meeting on Saturday, held by Alameda County authorities.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. at the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services at 4985 Broder Blvd. in Dublin, according to a Bay City News report.

Many area residents have expressed concern about last week’s incident involving a stunt that went horribly wrong when a cannonball that was misfired during the filming of an episode of "MythBusters" struck the Dublin Ranch home of Hithe Shetty and his family Tuesday afternoon.

As reported in a , MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage visited the homeowner last Wednesday to apologize about the 30-pound cannonball that crashed through his front door, bounced up the stairs and exited through a second-story bedroom wall.

The two stars said they were speechless when they saw the damage the cannonball caused, saying that nothing like this had ever happened before.

While no one was injured, residents were upset because children often play near where the cannonball landed.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Department bomb squad often works with the popular Discovery Channel show because its creators are based in the Bay Area and often film in the East Bay.

The cannonball was supposed to pass through several barrels of water and a cinderblock wall before striking the bomb range’s hills.

Instead, it bounced over several barriers and flew roughly 800 yards off course from the range before hitting the home.

It then bounced across Tassajara, smashing through the windows of a parked minivan and landing inside.

The show, which tests out various myths, was trying to test a steel cannon in comparison to a stone cannon, which could breach a castle wall.

"What cannons can do is shocking," Savage said. "They have a lot of power and the power got away from us."

The two stars were not present for the experiment but said the mistake was such a wake-up call, cannons will no longer be shot from the area.

Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman J.D. Nelson said Saturday’s meeting will be attended by Dublin police and Alameda County sheriff’s personnel, as well as representatives from MythBusters.

“The purpose of this is to provide an opportunity for area residents to share concerns about the recent MythBusters cannonball incident with us,” Nelson said.

The sheriff’s office oversees the Regional Training Center where the accident happened, and, according to Nelson, most activities at the center’s bomb range have been suspended indefinitely.

Tom December 14, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Someone needs to ask what disciplinary action the Sheriff department is going to take against the Bomb Squad.
matt costa December 14, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Why on earth should disciplinary action be taken against ERT?? An experiment went wrong...ok. There was potential for catastrophe...ok. Something got screwed up and the Mythbusters have made every offer to make it right. This wasn't some punk kid screwing around or a show looking for kicks based on mindless stunts. Sh!# happens.
JJ December 16, 2011 at 04:57 AM
No this was a case of show boating deputies who should be insuring public safety not hanging out with the mythbusters while they fire a weapon whose maximum range exceeds the boundaries of the range. I am all for the mythbusters and even for the Sheriff department helping out programs that encourage kids to take interest in science but not at a risk to public safety. JD Nelson didn't even know what size cannon they fired and HE was the safety officer, don't you think that is a problem? Hence my opinion the deputies are more concerned with showing up on the show then public safety. They were negligent. res ipsa loquitur


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