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Icicle gunned down in eastern Sweden

TT/Tom Sullivan · 13 Feb 2010, 12:01

Published: 13 Feb 2010 12:01 GMT+01:00

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"We were helping out with getting rid of the icicles in the neighborhood and there was one hanging there that we couldn't reach," Per Wernerson, the manager of the company, Anticimex, told local newspaper Norrköpings Tidningar.

"So we decided to use a little creativity. The man that shot it down has passed the hunting license and when he shoots, he hits."

However the local police were less impressed with the hunter's sharp shooting abilities.

"Their authorization to shoot does not cover icicles, only vermin, and we'll have to report this," said police commissioner Ingemar Sigsjo, adding that there were extenuating circumstances.

"One must not forget at the same time that it was an act of goodwill - there were ugly looking icicles hanging there."

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TT/Tom Sullivan (news@thelocal.se)

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14:36 February 13, 2010 by volvoman9
Sounds like these two could qualify for the Darwin Awards.
16:07 February 13, 2010 by eZee.se
That icicle was asking for it... just hanging around all day, doing nothing, the police also suspect it was not alone, it was working with a gang of other icicles and pointing at humans.

The hunters said it was quick and they did the deed as humanely as possible.

No icicles were harmed during the shooting of this icicle... err, except one.

The local lesbian group has called the icicle shooting an "about time" event, after all isnt an icicle just a phallus shaped thing, constantly hanging around, thats out there to taunt them?

In summer the same group were protesting people beating their carpets outside, they said it was directed at the lesbian group as they were known as 'carpet munchers'.
17:32 February 13, 2010 by EtoileBrilliant
The picture shows that the appartment block might have have had a pepper gun use on it. Seriously, as somebody who clears the icetaps from our building every two weeks, I wondered whether anybody could invent a device using a loud bang - strong enough to crack the ice but weak enough to leave windows intact.
18:44 February 13, 2010 by Keith #5083
Lucky the noise didn't start an avalanche.......

Oh! Oh! Maybe this can start a new trend with hunters and spare the wildlife!
19:27 February 13, 2010 by StockholmSam
I wonder where the bullet went after it hit the icecicles.
21:00 February 13, 2010 by dizzymoe33
They could have used rock salt or an ice bullet to knock down the icecicles.
23:55 February 13, 2010 by Viviane Varan
lucky they didn' t use dynamite
01:19 February 14, 2010 by krigeren
They use rifles with suppressors and fragmenting bullets in Russia all the time to solve this problem. For a sharpshooter with the right bullets its a safe practice.
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