Columbus Planning To Use Explosions, Lasers To Scare Off Geese

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Columbus plans to use fireworks and lasers to scare off geese it says are thwarting the city's efforts to develop newly widened river banks.

The plan follows unsuccessful attempts to ban the birds using a plastic coyote, fences and foul-tasting chemicals.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the eradication effort begins shortly before sunset Wednesday with the firing of small, noisy fireworks over the Olentangy River.

The rounds, fired from a gun similar to that used at track meets, erupt in a bang or with a whistle.

Teams of U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife workers will also beam lasers near the geese which the birds mistake for predators.

The city is paying $100,000 for the work, meant to benefit a newly exposed portion of riverbank.