Large chunk of ice falls from sky, damaging house in Massachusetts

That really was an icebreaker.

A large chunk of ice — estimated to weigh 15 to 20 pounds — fell from the sky and struck a Massachusetts home Sunday night, damaging its roof.

Homeowner Jeff Ilg and his wife Amelia Rainville believe the piece of ice – which did not harm the couple or their two children – fell from a plane en route to Boston Logan International Airport.

Her home in Shirley, Massachusetts is about 50 miles northeast of Logan, one of the busiest airports in the country. One of Logan’s flight paths intersects directly above.

“Basically, we heard an explosion” Ilg remembered. “The loudest bang I’ve ever heard.”

Immediately after that alarming sound, they heard debris rolling from the roof to a lower area, and initially assumed it had been struck by lightning.

When the two ventured outside to see what had happened, Ilg spotted the huge block of ice on their back steps and debris strewn around the backyard and rooftop.

Chunks of ice arrive
The damage to the roof from the impact of the ice block was about 60 cm in diameter on the outside, and the damage on the inside was even greater.

“I had no idea what that was,” he said.

“It was difficult to deal with. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.” Ilg told Boston 25 News.

Rainville called the police and then Ilg found the hole in the roof.

“Of course it was in there and it was big,” he said.

The surprise left a big hole in the roof of the house.
The surprise left a big hole in the roof of the house.

The spot where the ice hit the roof showed damage about 18 inches to 2 feet in diameter, but the damage was even greater on the inside of the roof.

They collected 10 pounds of ice in bags and there was plenty more to collect.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating.

With post wires

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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