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Uh, sorry about that cannonball

September 05, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Pennsylvania history buff who re-creates firearms from historical wars accidentally fired a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of his neighbor's home.

William Maser, 54, fired a cannonball Wednesday evening outside his home in Georges Township that ricocheted and hit a house 400 yards away. The cannonball, about 2 inches in diameter, smashed through a window and a wall before landing in a closet. Nobody was hurt.

State police charged Maser with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Maser told WPXI-TV that re-creating 19th century cannons was a longtime hobby. He said he would stop shooting them on his property.

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