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Man orders flat-screen TV online... gets semi-automatic rifle instead

US police are investigating circumstances of shipment error.

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A WASHINGTON MUSICIAN who ordered a flat-screen TV from Amazon.com was shocked to receive a semi-automatic assault rifle instead.

Thirty-eight-year-old Seth Horvitz says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS on Tuesday evening, and it seemed too small to contain the TV. He says he initially thought it contained accessories.

But when he opened it, he found a Sig Sauer military-style rifle. He says he had never held a gun before.

An invoice showed that the gun was intended for delivery to a firearms dealer in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. Horvitz called police, who took the gun and are investigating how the mistaken shipment occurred.

Amazon and UPS had no immediate comment.

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