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Old 11-13-2007, 12:36 AM
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Lightbulb Washington state man uses shotgun to remove lug nut

Washington state man uses shotgun to remove lug nut

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SOUTHWORTH, Wash. — A man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut blasted the wheel with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring himself badly in both legs, sheriff’s deputies said.

The 66-year-old man had been repairing a Lincoln Continental for two weeks at his home northwest of Southworth, about 10 miles southwest of Seattle, and had gotten all but one of the lug nuts off the right rear wheel by Saturday afternoon, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said.

“He’s bound and determined to get that lug nut off,” Wilson said.

From about arm’s length, the man fired the shotgun at the wheel and was “peppered” in both legs with buckshot and debris, with some injuries as high as his chin, according to a sheriff’s office report.

“Nobody else was there and he wasn’t intoxicated,” Wilson said.

The man was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with injuries Wilson described as severe but not life-threatening.

http://www.thestarpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071112/NEWS06/71112025

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Old 11-13-2007, 12:59 AM
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Lord help us. Did you catch one of the responses on that linked site?

That was good just the facts, maybe he didn't realize that it is better to use a 20 gauge when shooting off lug nuts.

I remember a teacher telling us once that when he was a teenager, he was out shooting his 22 and came upon something secured by a padlock that he wanted to look into. Of course, he'd seen people shoot off locks on TV many times, everybody knows it works, so he shot the lock.

The bullet ricocheted up and hit him in the eye. He said it must have slowed down enough to save him cause it didn't penetrate. He didn't realize this for several minutes cuz the eye was tearing so profusely, he thought he'd lost it for sure.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:55 AM
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A shotgun should only be used to adjust a stuck outside mirror!
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:14 AM
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I wonder if that ol' boy might try to use a blowtorch to just heat up that lug nut next time?
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:41 AM
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SEE!! I keep telling folks all that damn Seattle rain has bad side effects on your sanity!
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:41 AM
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Things like this make me proud to live in Warshington State!!!
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Now he will probably sue the tire outfit that over-torqued the lugs.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:14 AM
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I suppose he's never heard of a good old 6-foot cheater on the end of a quality breaker bar.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:26 AM
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The question remains...did that lug nut come off?
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:51 AM
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Gives new meaning to the term "impact wrench," doesn't it?
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Yeah, I'm amazed he didn't douse the whole wheel with gasoline first to "loosen up" that lug nut. That would have been pretty entertaining to watch . . .from a safe distance.
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There are some hip and groovy spots in Washington (lived there for 23 or so years) but there are places here and there that remind me of a west coast version of Appalachia.

You run into some real backwoods good ol' boys now and then, even living close to the urban centers.
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Stupidity does not seem to recognize any geographic boundaries from what I've seen. There is apparently plenty to go around.

Like Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid."
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WA state is full of morons like that. I often have to share the road with them.

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