Sparks are flying in Philadelphia as crews use blowtorches and power saws to remove locked, abandoned bikes from poles and fences across the city.
The two-day sweep ending Thursday afternoon is an annual cleanup that's also part of the city's preparations for Pope Francis' upcoming visit.
A spokeswoman for the mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities says 143 bikes are slated for removal. About 55 bikes had been seized as of Thursday morning.
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Targeted bikes were tagged with warnings about two weeks ago to give owners the chance to move them.
Some of the abandoned rides will be given to a nonprofit that will rehab and donate them to local children.
Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27.