A 65-year-old American man who secured his home with a handmade device to keep out invaders has been killed by the device.
Ronald Cyr informed the police in the town of Van Buren in the state of Maine to tell he had been shot.
Police discovered a door had been created to fire a handgun should anyone try to enter. Mr. Cyr was brought to the hospital but died of his injuries.
It is not unusual for home-owners to install such traps – but it is prohibited.
Police in Van Buren, which joins the Canadian province of New Brunswick, told they replied to a 911 call in the early evening of Thanksgiving, last Thursday, from a man who told he had been shot.
It is not recognized how he succeeded to set off the device.
The police also discovered other possible devices and called in help from the Maine State Police Bomb Squad.
There have been other cases of booby-trapped houses in the US.
In February, a team of real estate investors walking through a house they had purchased in Philadelphia found that a staircase had been rigged with a string which, if tripped, would have triggered a moving knife.
FBI agents discovered a circular hot tub linked up to a tripwire, a fortified front door, animal traps and a wheelchair rigged with a shotgun that went off, attacking an agent in the leg.
The definition of a booby trap is a secreted or camouflaged device that can produce bodily harm when triggered.
It is forbidden to set up devices in your house to guard it from intruders if those devices can cause injury.