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Shotgun shell explodes in Clark man

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, Aug 22, 2012.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Steamboat Springs — A 21-year-old Clark man suffered severe hand injuries Tuesday after the shotgun shell he was taking apart exploded, according to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.


    Undersheriff Ray Birch said North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters and deputies learned about the accident at about 4 p.m.


    Birch said Keith West told deputies that he was working in his shed in the 56000 block of Lupine Drive off Seedhouse Road when the accident occurred. West reported he was using a Dremel power tool to take apart the shell, which he thought no longer was a live round. The tool hit the round’s primer, igniting the round.


    West then went to a neighbor’s house for help.


    Birch said deputies found an old, brass, 10-gauge shotgun shell in the shed, but they were unable to recover any of West’s fingers. Investigator T.J. Sisto reported West was missing parts of his thumb, index and middle fingers on his left hand, which West was using to hold the round.


    http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2012/aug/21/shotgun-shell-explodes-clark-mans-hands/
     
  2. Rich219

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    You can't fix stupid.
     
  3. johnboy

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    Assumption is the mother of all screw ups.
     
  4. SevenMaryThree

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    Probably loaded with black powder. Stupid people get hurt (and die) in stupid ways.
     
  5. bcnu

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    Just natures way of cleaning the gene pool. John
     
  6. grntitan

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    Bet he don't do that again. At least not with that hand anyway.
     
  7. billyboy07208

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    yes,blackpowder and probably the carborundum cut off disk for the dremel.
    friction,heat,sparks,explosion.if it was smokeless i dont think it would be loss of fingers,but a good burning of flesh.just a guess.everyone should read Hatchers notebook on these type news reports.maybe more to it.
     
  8. CalvinMD

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    Shows just how long blackpowder stays potent..if stored correctly, a darn long time!
     
  9. wireguy

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    Makes me wonder if the common knowledge that a shotgun cartridge not fully supported in the chamber will just go poof is true of solid brass casings as well.
     
  10. grntitan

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    wireguy,

    If it is indeed black powder, that's a whole different ball game. Black powder can be highly explosive under the right or wrong circumstances. Smokeless is much more safe.
     
  11. BigBadBob

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    Good thing he wasn't resting it on his toe-pad.LOL
     
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    A comment on CalvinMD's remark about longevity of black powder.

    Older brother had a conversion of a Trapdoor Rifle made into a "Pirate" pistol.

    He also had some original 45-70 rounds, some standard 405gr lead, and a dozen 3 ball rounds.

    Shot those shells off in the early 60's, boy was brother pissed, but they all went bang.

    Think a .44 mag is a handfull, hold on to a cutdown 45-70, we laughed like Hyenas.

    "Smoke" puts some strange stories on here, but I tell you, if youth today did things we did, our parents would be in jail, and we all would have a major team of analyists working to straighten us out. (at govt expense of course)

    Ask about the home-made "depth charges" that cracked the pool.

    Bill
     
  13. Stl Flyn

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    Kind of reminds me of the guy that was siphoning gas from a gas tank. He said, he could not see how full his gas can was, so he used his lighter so he could see. Needless to say he got caught. Oh, and also severely burned, literally.
     
  14. rob m

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    You guys are brutal. The kid just lost his fingers. I remember when I was 21 I did Stupid things and you probably did too!!! So give him a break and give some good advise instead of NEGATIVE COMMENTS!!!
    Rob
     
  15. Stl Flyn

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    Rob,

    There where many things that I have done with explosives, and flammable materials when we where young, just to see what happens. Never to anyone's property, or possessions I might add. Trust me, I am not making light of the incident. I think sometimes some people get so caught up in the outcome of doing something, that they do not think of the consequences during the journey. Jon
     
  16. Redbone311

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    Who says you can't fix stupid?
    Stupid fixes itself!
    Should not have done away with the old pressure treated (arsenic based) wood either. If your kid is that dumb that he is eating pressure treated wood, he should die. He's too dumb to live. Part of the natural selection process. Moron will only walk in front of a car or something now anyway.
     
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    I take apart live shells all the time BUT: NEVER use a dremel; NEVER cut near primer. The answer is just plain stupidity caused this accident..
     
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    I suppose all you guys that are smart have PHD's, never make mistakes, and live just perfect lives.
     
  19. Brian in Oregon

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    <i>"Think a .44 mag is a handfull, hold on to a cutdown 45-70, we laughed like Hyenas. "</i>

    I fired some of my 500 grain 45-70 blackpowder loads in a friend's 11" Thompson Contender. Calling it a "handful" is an understatement.

    Anyway, feel sorry for the guy. Harsh lesson to learn. Had a friend who blew off his middle finger by using real gunpowder in a carbide cannon.
     
  20. quartering

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    good advice? sue dremel
     
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