Watch An Escaped Wheel Ring Someone's Doorbell At About 40 MPH

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Wheels don’t go flying off cars too often (though it’s happened to me once in a Lemons race) but when they do, they have a remarkable ability to cover some serious, bouncy ground. This video, shot by the doorbell camera on a home in Pataskala, Ohio, shows just how much momentum and speed an errant wheel can maintain after it separates from whatever was spinning it in the first place. Ding-Dong, motherlovers!

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Here, watch the destruction:

Holy crap, right? That wheel just smacks that column out of the way like it was smacking away a fly, and then it sounds like it shatters glass on the door before helpfully ringing the doorbell.

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It’s not really clear what the wheel came from; it could be a trailer tire, though it seems large enough to have come from a car, too. The hub is smoking pretty dramatically, so perhaps the bearings seized or something like that, which caused a enough friction to weaken the metal, snapping off the wheel and sending it on its new mission to trash someone’s front door.

Illustration for article titled Watch An Escaped Wheel Ring Someones Doorbell At About 40 MPH
Screenshot: YouTube (Fair Use)

I especially like this look of absolute bafflement as this kid hears the doorbell and commotion, and comes out to see a smoldering tire on the lawn and a trashed front porch; you can almost feel the what-the-fuck rays emanating right from your monitor.

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So, um, be careful out there, I guess? Do what you can to keep random wheels from slamming into your houses, somehow.

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