How does something like this happen?

The Washington State Patrol posted the above photos to their Facebook page this week.

Apparently the driver of the Honda saw a “black object” flying through the air while driving on I-5. Later, when the driver stopped at a gas station almost 20 years down the road, they got out and saw a Springfield Armory XD pistol (it looks like a compact model) with the magazine missing, stuck ring into the front of their bumper by the muzzle.

Police removed the gun and turned it over to the local Lakewood Police Department.

There was no word on how the unloaded handgun ended up flying through the air on I-5.