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Ka-boom! on ice in River Gauja

More than 6,000 people tuned in to Latvian Television's Facebook page March 4 to watch live coverage of ice being blown up on the River Gauja near Carnikava

The practice is sometimes used to release blockages as tonnes of ice make their way downstream towards the Baltic Sea.

It also provided a moment of diversion from depressing news stories.

However, the live pictures appeared to show the ice starting to move of its own accord shortly before the explosives were detonated, creating a curious sense of the reversal of the normal sequence of cause and effect.  

At risk of ruining the suspense for you, the big bang occurs 40 minutes in, prompting LTV's man at the scene, Toms Bricis, to wonder out loud if the complex job of rigging the explosives had really been necessary in the first place.

 

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