The inspiration for this entire film came froma news report from Holbrook,Navaho County,Arizona.On July 19,1912 a meteorite exploded over the town showering it with hundreds of pieces of stone.To recreate this Smithee used 4 sticks of dynamite in this scene.Tragically actor Horace Younghusband was killed when debris from the model mountain hit Jules Harris’ pistol causing it to discharge,ricochet off a camera,and into the door of the on-set outhouse.This startled Younghusband,who was inside,and he fell headfirst into the johnny hole,and promptly drowned.