“A Fairborn man who said he suffered second-degree burns to his right arm Monday when a shotgun shell exploded in his garage said he called police because he wanted to make sure nobody else got hurt by shells he forgot he had.” The un-named “victim” found three shells he estimated were 30 years old and put them on the workbench in his garage. One one fell off and, reportedly, exploded, burning his arm. And that’s when they brought in the bomb squad . . .
As the homeowner breathlessly told whiotv.com,
“I wanted the stuff out of my house before they hurt somebody else,” he said, noting they were shotgun shells filled with bird shot and gunpowder — the kind of shells used for shooting clay pigeons.
He said he called police because “we’ve got kids and we didn’t want to get hurt” and because he felt it was too dangerous to move the shells himself.
Police called for assistance from the Dayton Bomb Squad, which brought a crane-like machine to the entrance of the attached garage and removed the remaining shells.
Fortunately, Dayton’s hurt locker boys were able to wrestle the two troublesome twelve gaugers to the ground without the neighborhood going up in flames. Protecting and serving is a tough business sometimes.