Power hoses and AK-47 assault rifles have succeeded where Sierra Leone's snake-charmers failed by removing 400 cobras and vipers that overran a police station.
Authorities in the southern district of Bo called in police, army and fire fighters after the snakes scared away police officers and residents reporting crimes.
"We have forced water into the building and some of the snakes trying to escape were shot by our men carrying AK-47s," said Brima Kontu, head of the police station in Gerihun.
About 250 of the estimated 400 snakes who had made the station their home have been killed.
Yes, a suitably epic climax to the film I think. So, anyone know any Hollywood producers who would like to put this all into action?
The very final scene will of course be those few surviving snakes mating and creating a new generation.....