A New Jersey man blew off his finger with a shotgun shell Sunday night because he was trying to scare his mother during a fight about his excessive drinking, police said.
Police in Toms River say the 43-year-old man and his mother were arguing at their home at about 8 p.m., when he concocted a plan to scare her with a loud noise.
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Police say he went out to a backyard shed, where he put a shotgun shell inside a metal pipe and struck it with a hammer. The contraption exploded and blew off his left index finger.
He was taken to the hospital. No charges have been filed.