A man who forgot his keys and tried to break into his own home then had to call firefighters when his arm became trapped in his letterbox.
Returning from a night out in the early hours he found he could not get in and reached through the letterbox in a vain attempt to open his front door.
A fire crew was called at about 02:30 GMT to Hazledon Close, Chelmsford.
It first removed the letterbox from the door then carefully freed his arm.
'Don't forget keys'
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service watch manager Nick Singleton said: "We only attend incidents like this if we believe there might be a risk to someone's health or potential fire.
"But in this case the man's arm was completely stuck.
"We encourage everyone to take care on a night out, not put yourself in danger, and of course, try not to forget your keys."