Cops Confiscate Cannon after Man Fires It at Neighbors

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | November 15, 2013 | 3:55 PM EST

Neighborly disputes can be messy, but also highly entertaining.   We've all heard stories from friends and family about unruly neighbors.  Their pets destroyed their garden; their kids broke a window; or the noise from the unauthorized house party was cause to phone the police.

Yet, what do you do when a neighbor fires an unloaded cannon at you?

Civil War Cannon

Yes, it's straight from Mary Poppins, but a New York man has been charged with harassment for firing an unloaded Civil War cannon at his neighbors.  The police have also confiscated his "weapon:"

"Authorities say a western New York man has been charged with harassment for repeatedly firing an unloaded Civil War cannon at the homes of his neighbors."

"The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Brian Malta fired the cannon at neighboring homes in the rural town of Kiantone, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles south of Buffalo."

"Deputies say the cannon was fired with only a powder charge and wadding. Police confiscated the cannon."

"Officials say Malta had an ongoing dispute with his neighbors, but no details were released."

"Malta was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of harassment and three counts of menacing. He was released from the county jail after posting $2,500 bail."