Video: Cannon accidentally fired into home

updated 9/4/2009 10:36:31 AM ET 2009-09-04T14:36:31

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

Fifty-four-year-old William Maser 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 say nobody was hurt.

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

Maser told WPXI-TV that recreating 19th century cannons has been a longtime hobby.

He said he was sorry and he would stop shooting them on his property, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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