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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Hurt by Falling Icicles

MOSCOW -- Five Muscovites had to go to the hospital with injuries from falling icicles Thursday in what may have been a record for this winter.

This year's changeable weather, varying from minus 30 degrees Celsius to well above freezing, has seen alternate rounds of snow and thaw, and some of the icicles hanging from the roofs can be fearsome spears of ice 1 1/2 meters long.

Municipal workers generally try to limit the problem by banging drainpipes to dislodge the icicles or cordoning off pavements in danger zones.