A team of German engineers decided to solve the problem of excessive snow using a jet engine-equipped backpack with a 160 horsepower snow blower.

The thousand degrees of hot jet gases remove ice within seconds, and even snow heights of more than two feet are gone with a single blast.

Discovery Channel went to Germany and shot this rather new way of snow-plowing service for their prime time Daily Planet show. But they also detected some serious problems the developers will have to face in the future: when used on a patch of grass, the snow might not be the only thing blown away. Certain safety precautions should be used when operating powerful machinery such as this.