The Berlin Wall. The "Security Fence" in the West Bank. The US-Mexico border. Illegal immigrants have always found ways around, under, and now over these barriers. Saturday, David Smith Sr, a.k.a. "The Human Cannonball" fired himself above, and across the U.S-Mexico border. Upon landing Smith was cited by the FAA for failure to file a flight plan. Customs officers searching Smith's carry-on luggage, found only two quarts of Jose Cuervo, as allowed by law.
Smith took flight from a popular beach in Tijuana, Mexico and soared about 150 feet over a line of sharpened punji sticks about 20 feet high and spaced six inches apart. He landed uninjured in a net in Border Field State Park in San Diego with U.S. Bored Patrol agents and an ambulance waiting nearby, "just in case."
Psychiatrist Sigmund Tellez organized the cannonball launch for psychiatric patients at the Baja California Mental Health Center in Mexicali, Mexico, as a therapeutic project intended to teach patients, "Shit Happens." Patients were required to draw straws, with Smith, drawing the shortest straw, getting loaded into the cannon. "Well, at least it's theraputic for the others, said Tellez.
Tellez said "David Smith is a metaphor for flying over human borders, flying over the law, flights of fancy, flight from reality, you name it.
Although it is against the law for anyone, including U.S. citizens, to enter the country outside of an official port of entry, Smith Sr. wasn't crossing illegally. U.S. Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar made an exception for him, said Border Patrol spokesman Kurstan Rosberg.
Local anti-immigration vigilantes calling themselves "The Minutemen" organized last minute air defenses in an effort to shoot Smith down, but were taken by surprise when the cannon discharged 30 seconds early. They got a few shots off, but were all wide of the target," reported KOBF TV.
Smith reportedly waved at a cameraman in a news helicopter hovering over the site, missing the tail rotor by only a few precious feet, said helicopter pilot Bell Rangely.
Reportedly, Smith, who was 5'11" prior to the firing is now a diminuitive 5' 7", despite wearing those ridiculous shoes with springs on them. But he's in America.