September 4, 2009

Man accused of firing cannonball into home

A man in Georges Township, Pa., fired a cannon in his yard, sending a cannonball through the side of his neighbor's home, police allege.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brian Burden said William Edward Maser, 54, allegedly fired his 80-pound French and Indian War replica cannon Wednesday evening, sending a two-pound lead ball into his neighbor's closet, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday.

Burden said the cannonball broke a window while going through the side of the unidentified neighbor's home. The projectile then went through a wall and landed in a closet, the trooper said.

No explanation was given for the errant shot, but Burden told the Post-Gazette Maser is a regular participant in battle re-enactments.

The incident resulted in reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct charges against Maser. No hearing dates were reported.