Utah Officials Warn TV Viewers Not To Shoot Their Old TV Sets

Beware of Toxins:

Got an old TV? Don’t shoot it! That’s the word from federal wilderness officials. The people at the Bureau of Land Management in Utah’s west desert are worried some folks might want to use their old sets for target practice.

They warn it can cost up to $7,000 to clean up after a television set has been shot.

So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
’Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin’ the almighty peace
Judge said “What you got in your defense son ?”
“Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”


  • Kalroy says:

    As I recall, that’s still cheaper than the EPA cleanup on a single florescent bulb in a residential home.


  • Murdoc says:

    Good point.

    Folks: Don’t shoot florescent bulbs in your residential home.

  • pate357 says:

    Open offer to Utah officials: I will personally clean any shot-up televisions off the barren desert for the bargain price of $6,999.

  • ExurbanKevin says:

    Well, crap, there go my plans for the Fourth.


  • Nadnerbus says:

    An absurd figure, of course. I’ve shot my share of microwaves and such. The glass in the TV tube is very leaded, but I don’t see that lead going anywhere short of a nuclear blast melting it. Which is always possible in Utah.

    But relatedly, where I shoot in Norther/Southern California, Nevada, and Idaho, there are too many people that leave the place looking like a junk yard, and that just makes it harder for us gun owners when it comes time to have the gun debate. And shooting up glass and such always leave plenty of shards and garbage, something most just leave. Since I started shooting, I have become much more careful cleaning up, and have stopped shooting glass bottles and the like. Besides, my friend had to go to a local clinic to get six or seven stitches when he sliced his leg on a shard one time. No fun.

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