'MythBusters' apologizes to neighbors for cannonball mishap
On Wednesday, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of the Discovery Channel's popular show met with families that had their property damaged when a failed experiment sent a 30-pound cannonball soaring through Dublin, a suburb about 35 miles east of San Francisco.
"We feel really lucky and fortunate that, after a nearly perfect safety record over eight years, that this mishap didn't lead to anybody being injured," Savage, one of the stars of "MythBusters," said in a phone interview with The Times. "We're gathering all the information we can. ... Our main concern is making sure this never happens again."
Savage said the affected residents would be paid for property damage as well as any hotel charges.
Nobody was injured when the metal ball missed its intended target at a military firing range and flew 700 yards off course, crashing into the bedroom wall of a sleeping couple, bounced off a roof of another house and landing in the passenger side of a minivan.
According to the Alameda County Sheriff's office, the show has used the firing range more than 100 times with no accidents before Tuesday's incident.
Some neighbors told KGO-TV San Francisco that "MythBusters" often tries its experiments in the area, and they had grown used to hearing explosions. But some residents expressed anger that the televised science experiments were occurring so close to their homes.
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Photo: "MythBusters" hosts Jamie Hyneman, left, and Adam Savage apologize to Dheveena Gill, 12, and Manbir Gill, 13, the day after a misfired cannonball struck the Gill family's minivan. Credit: Doug Duran /Contra Costa Times