Swedish police say they will ruthlessly enforce regulations governing house owners who do not clear dangerous icicles and snow from their roofs.
They promise to slap an $18,000 fine on those who do not comply.
The fines have long been in existence but the police have not tended to apply them. However on Thursday a police team took to the streets of Stockholm in search of dangerous icicles and overloaded roofs.
House owners or appartment associations will now be given a 48-hour warning to clear their roofs - or face stiff fines.