Every year for Advent, the town of Gävle, Sweden, builds a giant Christmas goat out of straw. And every year, arsonists do their best to bring it down.
This time, despite high-tech cameras and two security guards, the goat didn’t even last a full 24 hours.
The Gävlebocken was set up on Sunday afternoon. The Local reports that this year’s statue, and the associated marketing and festivities, cost about a quarter of a million dollars.
This year, it’s the 50th anniversary of the Gävlebocken, so it was a birthday celebration as well as the standard-practice yuletime goat-statue festival.
“But yesterday by 11 p.m.,” The Local writes, “it was engulfed in flames.”