Costly accidents

Police ban fountain plunge

Stockholm police are announcing a ban on celebrating high school students splashing in the Sergels fountain in the heart of the city - because of injuries and the often 14,000 US dollar-damages caused each time.

The fountain surrounds a tall, erect glass sculpture work and is filled with circles of underwater glass lights illuminating the waters and penetrating to the underground gallery below.

By lowering the water level in the fountain, the police are convinced this will make it a less attractive place to take a celebratory splash - and make it more visible just where those dangerous glass-covered lights are located.

Both alcohol-refreshed students and sports fans often aim for this fountain, stripping off and splashing around in their underwear or less in the water when their team wins a victory here at home or abroad.