Pa. Man Fires Cannon, Hits Neighbor's House

My bad, buddy

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009  |  Updated 12:41 PM CDT
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This is not William Maser's cannon. This is the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery firing a 41 gun salute in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's 79th birthday, Hyde Park, London, Britain.

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A Pennsylvania history buff who recreates firearms from old wars accidentally fired a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of his neighbor's home in Uniontown, Pa.

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 two inches in diameter, smashed through a window and a wall before landing in a closet. Authorities said nobody was hurt.

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

No one answered the phone Friday at Maser's home. He told WPXI-TV that recreating 19th-century cannons is a longtime hobby. He said he is sorry and he will stop shooting them on his property, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
 

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