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Ontario man shoots himself while trying to make necklace from bullet

Police say the powder inside the bullet ignited after the man tried to pull it apart with vice grips. The ensuing explosion propelled the bullet into the man's thigh.

Police are reminding residents not to manipulate ammunition.

Victor R. Caivano / The Associated Press)

Police are reminding residents not to manipulate ammunition.

OSHAWA, Ont. — An Ontario man is recovering from surgery after he shot himself in the leg while making a necklace out of a bullet.

Durham Regional Police say a 50-year-old Oshawa, Ont., man tried to pull apart a bullet with vise grips around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

They say the powder inside the bullet ignited, which caused an explosion and propelled the bullet into the man's thigh.

Police say the man told officers he was making a necklace and didn't realize the bullet could explode.

Police say the man was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet and shell casing fragments from his leg.

Police are reminding residents not to manipulate ammunition.