India Working to Protect Obama From Killer Coconuts

They're all cut down ahead of his visit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 4:55 PM CDT
A security personnel sips coconut water before proceeding to a polling station in Agartala, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Tripura, in 2009.   (AP Photo/Ramakanta Dey)
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(Newser) – Indian authorities are sparing no precaution ahead of Barack Obama's trip this week—they've cut down coconuts from trees near a former residence of Gandhi that he'll be visiting. While the threat may seem silly to Americans, falling coconuts injure or kill people in India every year, notes the BBC (which provides no figures on casualties). "We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building," says one official. "Why take a chance?" The stop in India is the first of a four-nation trip that includes Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. More on the trip in the Wall Street Journal.

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