OMG! Shotgun Shells! In My Garage! OMG!

“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,

“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.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    The feminazation of the American male continues right on schedule. I would laugh if this wasn’t so pathetic.

    1. avatar JoshinGA says:

      Im going to laugh, because this is so pathetic.

      Also, spontaneous combustion being highly unlikely, thoughts on how it actually went off?

      1. avatar APBTFan says:

        He was screwing with the shell is how it went off.

        1. avatar MacBeth51 says:

          Especially if his arm really was burnt.

        2. avatar Arkindole says:

          Indeed my friend…probably making a pipe bomb…

    2. avatar JSIII says:


      Seriously…shotgun shell just expoloded….this guy must have thrown or dropped the shell just right and the bench must be metal to make the primer pop….

    3. avatar USMCVeteran says:

      The condition is called “Mangina”.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        AKA wussitis..

    4. avatar CinSC says:


      If you haven’t read this it’s a great antidote to stories like the one above:

      My favorite is number three.

      1. avatar Charles5 says:

        While I might disagree with a few of his choices, that gave me good laugh.

      2. avatar tdiinva says:

        The M-16 over the M-1? Give me a break there is nothing more manly than a paratrooper with his trusty M-1. Could you ever imagine MAJ Dick Winters carting around a plastic M-16?

  2. avatar GS650G says:

    Pay no attention to the flammable chemicals all over the garage, it’s those little green shells/

  3. What are the chances he hit the shell with a hammer or something?

    1. avatar Michael B. says:

      High. I bet he wanted to see if they were still good so he whacked it with a hammer.

      My dad (he’s not the brightest bulb) did that years ago to an old .38 special cartridge he found in the street. The case exploded and sent brass shrapnel deep into his arm.

  4. avatar Mark says:

    Don’t know about the chances he hit it with a hammer, although will guess highly likely.
    What are the chances this guy is another dumbass in the gene pool!!!!

    1. avatar ready,fire,aim says:


    2. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

      ““we’ve got kids…”
      Fvck. Too late for a Darwin award.

      1. avatar IdahoPete says:

        Yeah, it’s a real bummer when twits from the back side of the bell curve manage to breed before their stupidity kills them.

        1. avatar JustVic says:

          +1 lol

  5. avatar Brian says:

    I’ve never been near the business end of a shot gun shells going off, but wouldn’t you have to be fairly close to this “falling” shell to get burned? If it happened like he said and it fell from the bench to the floor, wouldn’t that put your arms out of reach of any “fire ball”?

    1. avatar Brian says:

      I just read the linked story:

      “The shell hit the floor and went off, he said. He threw up his right arm to block the explosion, and said he was burned in the process…”

      That’s some mighty quick reaction time to notice the “explosion” and throw up your arms…

      1. avatar rosignol says:

        Might be fun to send the accident report to Mythbusters to see if they can replicate it.

        I’d bet on ‘busted’.

      2. avatar Michael Bluth says:

        He may have misstated the chain of events too, as is prone to happening in emotional situations (which is why you always STFU). He could have had a flinch reaction and covered his face as it fell – thus his arms were already in place. This would have been an appropriate action, as opposed to trying to kick or catch it.

        I still don’t understand how something falling on the floor burnt his arms though. Or how a shotgun shell falling from table height sets off the primer for that matter.

  6. avatar sdog says:

    so, so stupid, bomb squad, robot, really?

    1. avatar Rambeast says:

      Justifies the expenditure waste on the training for the “techs”.

      1. avatar sdog says:

        too much bomb patrol Afghanistan on G4 i guess.

      2. avatar Accur81 says:

        Those robots are roughly $150-$200K, depending on how they are outfitted. Just FYI.

        1. avatar Michael B. says:

          Thanks for reminding me that I’m paying for all sorts of expensive B.S. my county sheriff’s department doesn’t need like their APC. Hell, they might even have two now.

          So ****ing ridiculous.

  7. avatar mountocean says:

    It is rediculous that the man called police to dispose of his remaining two shells, but their use of an EOD robot boggles my mind.

    Reading the article, perhaps he was on the floor working on the car when the shell fell near him?

    1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

      It’s what bomb squads do. They gotta justify the toys somehow.

  8. avatar Mike123 says:

    In the defense of the bomb squad, they didn’t know what was in those shells since the guy was talking about explosions. Its probably prudent to avoid losing an arm or hand when a robot could do the job just as well.

    1. avatar matt says:

      What else could possibly be in those shells? Some super secret ultra high yeild explosive? Or that the bomb squad doesnt know how relatively harmless smokeless powder is when not confined in a chamber that would allow pressure to build?

      Why dont we use robots when cutting lumber on a construction site, do you know how many fingers are lost every year? How about robots to hook up electrical wiring to prevent all those electrocutions? Or use robots to bolt steel i-beams together high in the sky to prevent all those unnessecary falls. Oh yeah now I remember why, tradesmen aren’t pussies like the “bomb squad”.

      Can anyone even link a story about a domestic bomb squad guy who was killed/injured by a bomb in the past decade?

    2. avatar MacBeth51 says:

      Besides, never let a chance to use your toys go to waste

  9. avatar John says:

    I cannot believe the casual way these shells of death were disposed of. This at least called for the garage to be entombed in 10 feet of concrete and the rest of the block leveled and surrounded by razor wire for all time. I live in Fairborn and I’m going to vote for the levy for the PD to buy helicopters that can carry and dump concrete just in case this happens again.

    PS – If any other Fairborners find this type of deadly menace call me and I’ll bravely and at great risk haul it away to be safely disposed of at a local range.

  10. avatar Jfoster says:

    I seriously doubt this guys story. Time to call the Mythbusters! Is it possible to drop a 12 gauge shotgun shell in such a way to make it go off and what type of fragment pattern would result? Hmmm

  11. avatar Crow says:

    Literally lol

  12. avatar Ralph says:

    Sniff, sniff. I smell something, I dunno . . . bovine?

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      Is it steak?

      1. avatar sdog says:

        rump roast

        1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

          Slightly aft of that roast, IMHO.

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      There’s very few stockyards left any more along the interstates or rail lines that smell as bovine as this story does.

      The last feedlot I drove by that smelled as much as this story had a Cat D-7 pushing cow poop up into mounds 200 feet high – and the hill of poop was smoking and plenty hot enough to feel from the road a couple hundred feet away.

  13. avatar RIGHT! says:

    I have been in the vicinity of exploding ammo, even shot shells. this story sounds bogus, very very bogus. No wonder the bomb squad was called in

  14. avatar chris says:

    I would consider myself an ammo disposal team. So, if anyone comes into contact with ammo they don’t want or are too afraid of, I will step in an resolve the situation so everyone’s kids, wives, and husbands can sleep at night

    1. avatar Dan Frain says:

      A neighbor of mine was a police officer’s widow. When he was on the job & came across an armed Little Dicky Dimwith, he’d take the ammo out of the weapon & give the gun back. He wasn’t against people having guns, he just didn’t want stupid people doing stupid things to other stupid people.

      When he got home, he’d dump it in a big old flowerpot. After he died, she moved to Florida , taking the flowerpot full of ammo. She eventually got the cops (not sure if it was OPD or OCSO) to haul it away. I offered to take it off her hands, but she didn’t want it anywhere nearby.

  15. avatar flboots says:

    It was a good training exercise for the bomb squad.

  16. avatar John Fritz says:

    What a bunch of effing pussies.

    Clay pigeons? WTF…

    … he said, noting they were shotgun shells filled with bird shot and gunpowder …

    Thanks Professor.

  17. avatar Michael C says:

    What I’m wondering is IF the shell fell off his workbench and ‘exploded’ with enough power to cause second degree burns on his arm, then why isn’t he severely burned elsewhere? (Say on his legs maybe?)

    1. avatar Matt in TX says:

      Very few problems in life cannot be solved by a suitable application of high explosives.

  18. avatar A Brit in MI says:

    He may be trying to cover up his own stupidity (hold my beer and watch this!) but has just announced his man card revocation to the world!

  19. avatar JoshinGA says:

    We should all take out ads in our local papers: “Free Ammo Disposal. Tired of having all that scary ammo in the garage? Want to get rid of it for FREE? Call us at…”

    1. avatar JustVic says:

      Firearms as well!!!!!!
      Why wait for some bogus “buyback” program to come to your community ladies and gentlemen(?). {OK, just ladies of varying gender.} Just call your local TTAG poster and we will gladly remove both ‘evil’ firearms and ammunition at NO CHARGE. Just think of the great public service that we could render.

  20. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Irresponsible Ammunition Owner of the Day. When I hear stories like this, I conclude that either it’s bogus, or the human race stands on a knife edge between disaster and survival. Knuckleheads like this are shaking the edge and trying to pull us all toward darkness.

  21. avatar Granny Grunch says:

    Just another whimpering simp wearing pink panties and ballerina slippers

  22. avatar JB says:

    The real question that needs to be answered is how many dogs did the responding officers have to shoot to dispose of these dangerous mini nukes? We know its physically impossible for dogs to resist attacking responding police officers so what was the body count?

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