Sunday, December 27, 2015
Sweden's Christmas Goat Burned Down
Via The Local: The Gävle goat has has once again been set ablaze by Yuletide arsonists, with one suspected perpetrator spending the night sobering up in a cell after being seized by police. The fire marks the 34th time the gigantic Christmas goat or 'Julbocken' has been burned down since it was first erected in Slottstorget square in the city of Gävle, central Sweden, in 1966. Police arrived at the scene shortly after 3am on Sunday morning, after a burning smell was reported wafting over the town center. A heavily intoxicated man in his twenties was arrested shortly afterwards close to the flaming structure. “The suspect was carrying newspapers and lighters and was wearing a balaclava”, Peter Hultqvist, an office with the local police, told Expressen. “He was drunk and smelled of petrol”. Video shot at the scene shows that the man's clothes caught fire when the petrol with which he had doused the animal was ignited in a fireball. According to the police, the man, who on Sunday morning remained too drunk for questioning, had singed hair and soot covering much of his face at the time he was arrested. Police are on the hunt for an accomplice, who remains on the loose. By 4am, when the fire was finally extinguished, the goat had been completely destroyed. The goat, which has nearly 9.000 followers on Twitter, issued a farewell Tweet on Sunday morning.