When people think of ice falling from the sky, they might first think of hail or sleet or freezing rain. However, a common cause of large chunks of ice falling to the earth is when ice falls from a plane. The ice can form on a plane’s wings or can originate from a leaky valve. Such instances have been known to damage property and cause injuries when the ice falls to earth. One woman in Waycross reports on how a large piece of ice fell through her roof into her home, as News 4 Jax reports.
Lena Shiver was sitting at home and relaxing on Friday night, sitting and watching television.
This is when she heard a big boom that shook her house. She went outside to try and see what had happened, first believing that it had been a meteorite, a tree falling, or a pop-up storm. She found no signs of damage at first.
A couple of days later, she noticed paint chips on her pool table and a water spot on her ceiling. She sent her grandson up to check the attic, where she found a large hunk of ice.
Shiver saved the chunk of ice in a freezer bag. When they discovered the ice, it was the size of a baseball. However, based on the size of the hole in the ceiling, they believe that the hunk of ice must have been larger than that when it hit the house.
Aviation expert Ed Booth said it’s not surprising that a hunk of ice would fall off a plane in Waycross. Planes that travel from Atlanta to Jacksonville, Florida are flying lower over Waycross, where the air is getting warmer as the planes descend to land.
Shiver has patched up the hole with plywood and is hoping that her homeowner’s insurance will pay to fix the damage.
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