Saturday, October 17, 2009

Charges upgraded in firing of cannonball

A Pennsylvania Civil War buff faces a felony charge for accidentally firing a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of his neighbor's home, the Associated Press reports.

William Maser, 54, had been charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Authorities on Thursday added a felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.

Maser has acknowledged firing a homemade cannon outside his house in Georges Township in early September. The small cannonball ricocheted and hit the neighbor's home about 400 yards away, smashing through a window and a wall before landing in a closet. Police say nobody was hurt.

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