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Clueless campers disrupt military training exercise

14 May 2012, 13:55

Published: 14 May 2012 13:55 GMT+02:00

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In their search for a suitable campsite, the three die-hard campers apparently ignored road signs indicating that military training exercises were underway, the local Dalarnas Tidning (DT) news website reports.

The nature enthusiasts, who reportedly hailed from the Stockholm area, then decided to drive around road barriers set up to prevent unauthorized visitors from entering the the Älvdalen shooting range.

"They had stopped and read that it was a restricted area, but decided that it probably wasn't so dangerous," Lars Alvin, head of security at the shooting range, told DT.

"It's extremely dangerous on the other side of the road blocks."

At the time of the intrusion, the range was being used by troops from an amphibious regiment based in Vaxholm outside Stockholm who were honing their grenade launcher firing skills.

Shortly after the campers entered the area, the live-fire exercise was stopped and helicopters dispatched to locate the offending vehicle.

Authorities eventually tracked down the trio of trespassing tourists, who claimed they had hoped to do some camping and fishing, and brought an abrupt end to their plans for enjoying Sweden's great outdoors.

"We escorted them out, took down their personal information and will report them to the police," said Alvin.

He added that the Swedish military plans on suing the campers for the 30,000 kronor ($4,200) cost of dispatching the helicopter and for additional costs incurred by interrupting the exercise.

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The 540-square-kilometre Älvdalen shooting range, located 20 kilometres north of the Älvdalen in Dalarna in central Sweden, is Sweden's largest military training area.

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14:40 May 14, 2012 by Frank Arbach
If the 'campers' really were "from Stockholm" they probably thought (quite reasonably for Stockholmers) that the military exercise should be postponed until they had finished camping - nothing should get in the way of what a 'Stockholmer' wants to do.
16:01 May 14, 2012 by rise

Haha!! :D The sad thing is you're probably right. ;)
16:02 May 14, 2012 by Tanskalainen
Inga! There is a hole in my sandwich!
17:57 May 14, 2012 by StockholmSam
Come on, it was the Swedish military...how dangerous could it have been really?
18:11 May 14, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
@Frank A & Stockholm Sam

Lol! Just love it
20:52 May 14, 2012 by dizzymoe33
The military should send them a bill for the inconveniences brought on by the idiots(tourists)!!
21:29 May 14, 2012 by Frobobbles
@StockholmSam "how dangerous could it have been". Remember that Sweden is the world's largest weapon exporter per capita. Especially big on grenade launchers. Of course Sweden must try out the bang for the buck beforehand.
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