Chunk of ice crashes into California home

Neighbors are flocking to one Modesto home after a large chunk of ice fell from the sky and landed on the garage Wednesday morning.

Source: Flying ice slams into Modesto home, damages roof 

A witness says she saw the falling ice which then went through the roof of a home, into a garage, damaging a car.

It’s not hail. It is said to be blue but it’s really not THAT blue, not as blue as what comes from plane toilets.

Planes can lose chunks of ice if there is a leaking hose or tank or if collected ice melts and is released. We hear about these incidents every year. So far, no one has been hurt by the falling ice. It’s unclear if we will ever get a determination on where this particular cryo-bomb came from. We often do not hear the results of any investigation, which is a shame.

Pieces of ice and building material from the impact.

Pieces of ice and building material from the impact.


Falling ice chunk damages home (Fremont, CA 2012)

Ice block from heaven, or a plane, damages cathedral (U.K. 2012)

Mystery falls from the sky: Possible poop and something even worse (Updated) (Long Island, NY 2012)

  4 comments for “Chunk of ice crashes into California home

  1. Jim
    September 10, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Besides the more obvious toilet tank leak, sometimes there’s water in the cargo (lobster shipments, etc), and that can leak into the belly. It then flows through the drains, and could possibly form into a large enough chunk to do damage. There’s also a potable water tank and water lines that could leak. Still, I wouldn’t really want to pick up the ice without gloves.

  2. Eric
    September 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Never understood the “leak” from an airplane theory. If an airplane had a leak to the outside of the plane wouldn’t there then be a massive ploblem with it loosing all it’s pressure with terrible consequences?? I thought the plane compartment was completely airtight?

  3. Omxqru
    September 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    I think the passenger compartment is pressurized, the cargo hold may not be. Maybe someone else will come along and correct me.

  4. Jim
    September 10, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    An airliner is anything but airtight. The pressure vessel runs from the forward pressure bulkhead, ahead of the cockpit (just behind the radome) to the rear pressure bulkhead, which is just ahead of the tail. The water and waste tanks are inside the pressure vessel, and so there have to be fill, flush, and dump valves and lines through the airplane’s skin. Water could leak through or around those valves and lines.

    The cargo compartments are also inside the pressure vessel. There are drains in the belly to allow water to escape (water lines and cargo could leak). They are designed to be closed at altitude, but if one fails, water could escape, freeze, and build up on the belly until it breaks away.

    An airplane is pressurised using compressed air from the engines. More air is pumped in than is required to maintain a particular cabin pressure (usually 8 psid or so). Lots of air escapes past cabin and cargo door seals, window seals, drains, and whatever other small gaps there may be, but most of the air is dumped overboard by the “outflow valve”, a modulating valve usually located in the aft fuselage. This valve reacts to changes in pressure and pressure demands to maintain the desired cabin altitude. It’s usually automatic.

    The galley sinks drain directly overboard, through a special valve. Occasionally the valve will fail, and you will be able to hear the whistle of escaping air through most of the cabin until the flight attendant stuffs a wet towel in it.

    As the Mythbusters demonstrated, a bullet hole is not sufficient to cause a catastrophic depressurisation.

Comments are closed.