A US man says he accidentally shot himself - when he dropped a dumbbell on a bullet.
The 56-year-old told police officers that no gun was involved in the bullet wound in his shoulder, reports the Modesto Bee.
The man said he was lifting dumbbells at his home in Modesto, California, when he accidentally dropped one on a .22 caliber bullet.
He claimed the weight of the dumbbell activated the propellant powder in the bullet, which shot toward him and punctured his shoulder.
Police spokesman Chris Adams said the officers found the man's story suspicious, but not impossible.
The impact of the weight on the rim of one of the bullets could have caused it to shoot in the direction it was pointing, he added.
Officers did not find a gun at the home but did find the shell casing from the .22 caliber bullet.