I imagine every second of film footage from the bomb range is now evidence in what will undoubtedly be several lawsuits.
Incident vs Accident. Mythbusters got shit lucky, courts don't care about luck. You don't get to go free if you try to shoot someone and miss.
If I were more cynical, I'd think it was an intentional PR stunt.
More local coverage from KTVU and SFGate, which notes that asavage was reached for comment but chose not to say anything.
He throws a switch. There's a beat. And then, suddenly, the beam glows intensely brighter,
cuts through the plate, the cabinets behind it and through the wall out into the night.
Chris and Mitch jump shut the whole thing off.
Sorry about the wall, sir.
(looking through the hole)
And the tree across the quad.
Chris, Mitch, Ick and Jordan are looking at the laser hole in the tree.
They look at where the beam has cut a hole through the head of the statue of Dr. Bradford.
They look high up at a hole where the beam went through a telephone pole and then across
the street, even higher, where it burned through a billboard on top of tavern. They cheer.
...I imagine that there's already some legal wrangling is going on over this; what exactly is he supposed to say? I have a hard time imagining that everyone even peripherally involved isn't deeply shaken and upset by the incident, and tremendously relieved that nobody was hurt. Using the "So-and-so declined to comment" bit at the end of an article is such lazy, crap reporting.
A day after their errant 30-pound cannonball blew holes through a Dublin home and smashed a minivan's window, the stars of the "Mythbusters" TV show visited the families to apologize.
The cannon shot made headlines around the world, but residents here have been left with questions, worries, and a few repairs.
On Wednesday afternoon, outside the damaged Cassata Circle home, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman promised to make repairs. And they said their show won't use cannons at the Alameda County Sheriff Office's bomb range again. If a cannon is needed, they will take it to less-populated areas of the Gold Country.
A few minutes later, they paused to take photos with the children in the family whose minivan was smashed, at the corner of Bellevue Circle and Springvale Drive -- across Tassajara Road, several hundred feet from the cannon-shot home.
"I can't imagine how angry I would be if this happened to me," Savage said. "We do nonstandard things all the time and we've been doing them safely for nine years ... this is the worst thing we can imagine happening."
They're not yet sure how it happened. They also weren't there when the cannon was shot; the experiment was being conducted by other cast members.
"We haven't figured out why the cannon was aimed slightly high," Savage said. "It's a wake-up call."
The episode they were working on aimed to determine whether a stone cannon could breach a castle wall. But the misfired cannonball was a test shot, a 30-pound ball of iron or steel, Hyneman said.
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