Discovery speaks out on 'MythBusters' cannonball accident

Following a MythBusters experiment that sent a cannonball busting through the home of a family in California, the Discovery series has issued a statement about the incident. Confirming that no one was hurt from the misfire — which occurred during filming at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department bomb range in Alameda County, Calif. — Discovery and Beyond Productions explain how things went awry: “During the testing, a cannonball took an unforeseen bounce from a safety berm … Sgt. JD 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.”

Though there were no injuries, there was damage to the home and a parked car. “We had some tremendous bad luck and some tremendous good luck,” Sgt. Nelson told the Associated Press.

(Reporting by Mandi Bierly)

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