Mysterious chunk of ice smashes through roof of California home
A mysterious chunk of ice the size of a basketball fell from the sky and smashed through the roof of a California home Wednesday morning, leaving people inside startled and shocked.
Monica Savath said she along with other members of her family was in the living room of their home in Modesto when a big noise shook them violently. Savath added that it sounded as if a bomb exploded on their roof. When they ran to the attached garage to find out what caused the commotion, they found a bog hole in the roof and ice shattered on the floor.
Neighbor Lisa Lawrence said the shocking incident occurred at around 11:15 a. m. when she was smoking a cigarette outside of her home.
Speaking on the topic, she said, "Sounded like a jet, actual. That's what made me look up, and I was like, if that's a jet, it's travelling pretty low. I looked up at it. It was a big ol' ball of ice, bigger than a basketball... Watched it go down. And it went off like a bomb."
Luckily no one was injured in the incident.
Jim Mathews, a Sacramento-based meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS), ruled out any meteorological explanation, given the region's clear blue skies and high temperatures. He said a plane was the most likely culprit in the incident. He explained that sometimes moisture creates long white trails behind planes that gather into a large ice block. One such ice block might have dislodged from a plane. He added that the ice block probably fell so fast that it could not melt much on its way down.
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