Man hospitalized after using shotgun to loosen lug nut

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson


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

The 66-year-old man had been repairing a Lincoln Continental for two weeks at his home northwest of Southworth and east of Port Orchard and had gotten all but one of the lug nuts off the right rear wheel before getting frustrated Saturday afternoon, Deputy Scott Wilson said.

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  • Ted K. Ted K. on Dec 27, 2008

    I don’t understand why the guy had the problem. I always use my shotgun to change tires, and it works perfectly. I just blast away at the tire until there's no rubber left. It makes the wheel a lot lighter when you go to take it off. I can use up a whole box of shells this way, but that’s only 8 bucks - what the hell.

    It takes all kinds . . . . ..

    Ted. K.

  • Sam Suggs Sam Suggs on Feb 10, 2013

    he should have heated it however at least in theroy this could work with the proper protection