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2 tons of pigeon droppings found in Swedish church tower

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Courtesy of The Gavle Church Community

Pigeon droppings are seen in the church tower in Gavle, Sweden, after a hatch was accidentally left open for about 30 years.

STOCKHOLM — A hatch on a Swedish church tower inadvertently left open for some three decades resulted in 2 tons of pigeon droppings amassing in the tower.

The church's property manager says the layer of droppings was 12 inches deep when it was discovered during a May inspection of the Heliga Trefaldighets Kyrka in Gavle, 105 miles north of Stockholm.

Lennart Helzenius said Thursday that the church staff had been shocked by the sheer number of bags of excrement cleaners were removing from the tower. He says the droppings filled 80 bags in the first round of cleaning, and then just as many in the second round.

Helzenius says the hatch had probably been left open since the 1980s.

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