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'Mythbusters' blasts cannonball through Northern California home

A Dublin Police officer stands near the exit hole of a cannonball in the second story wall after it traveled through the California home on Tuesday. The cannonball was misfired during the taping of an episode of the Discovery Channel show "MythBusters" at the Alameda County Bomb Disposal Range.
A Dublin Police officer stands near the exit hole of a cannonball in the second story wall after it traveled through the California home on Tuesday. The cannonball was misfired during the taping of an episode of the Discovery Channel show "MythBusters" at the Alameda County Bomb Disposal Range. Doug Duran/AP

While fireballs, explosions and feats of insane curiosity are nothing new to the Discovery channel TV show "Mythbusters," their latest endeavor resulted in a cannonball shooting through a Northern California house. The renegade cannonball also struck the roof of another Dublin home and barreled through a minivan's window before the experiment came to an explosive end.

The incident occured on Tuesday when producers for the show fired the cannonball at the Alameda County Sheriff's Department bomb range behind the Santa Rita Jail.

The cannonball was supposed to go through a few water-filled barrels and a concrete wall. Instead, it passed over the barrels, through the wall, and then took a "very unfortunate bounce that sent the ball skyward," J.D. Nelson, a consultant for "Mythbusters" said. No one was injured and the home's residents didn't even wake up until the broken drywall settled on top of them, Nelson said.

The mishap occurred while the Discovery Channel show was testing out whether other materials are just as effective as a cannonball when fired from a cannon, the Los Angeles Time reports.

"Mythbusters" is hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, two men who are living the dream.

Hosts Hyneman, left, and Savage

Their job consists of playing with fire, pushing the limits of physics and challenging preconceived notions of science. Each episode revolves around getting to bottom of a certain scientific or cultural myth.

The Mythbusters have answered questions inlcuding, "Can combining Diet Coke and Mentos make your stomach explode?" (nope), and "Would a bull really cause destruction in a china shop?" (surprsingly, also no). At the end of each show, the myths are "busted," "plausible" or "confirmed."

Working with everything from liquid nitrogen to champagne, "Mythbusters" also tackles inquiries like "Can duct tape patch up an airplane?" and "Is it OK to cook with C4?"

The show holds nothing back while it explores seemingly outlandish concepts, like toilet bombs, in measured, methodical ways. A surprising amount of math, planning and actual science go into the show's hijinks that have now born a devoted following.

"Mythbusters" the show has 4,718,996 "likes" on Facebook. They're also launching a "Behind the Myths" traveling tour that begins in January and will feature Hyneman and Savage. They'll spend about three months on the road with stops in California, New York, New Mexico, Ohio, Kentucky and more.

This live show will give fans a chance to see what goes on behind-the-scenes of Mythbusters and even get a chance to join their favorite mad scientists on stage and participate in the wacky science experiments.

It's the latest step in their live stardom – they already pack rooms at Comic-Con, and Savage appears on the w00tstock geek variety shows.

Watch the "Mythbusters" AfterShow of the Toilet Bomb episode

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