Human cannonball hits mark, wows crowd

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David "The Bullet" Smith Jr., a second-generation "human cannonball," exploded in a hail of sparks from a custom-made 34-foot cannon into the rainy skies at Canterbury Park on Monday, and landed safely in a blue net 165 feet down the track, FOX 9 reported.

The Memorial Day stunt drew gasps and then applause from the crowd, FOX 9 reported.

Smith says he has performed the stunt more than 5,000 times over the last 11 years, but he still gets nervous. "We haven't shot into this net. We haven't set up; we haven't tested anything," Smith told FOX before the shot. "This is just going on faith and mathematics and experience." Here's the video:

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