Article By: Express UK
The rock struck the garden of the Helliwell family with a “big boom” & shook their home this morning. The impact caused a crater measuring 4ft 7in by 3ft 11in in the middle of their lawn w/bits of ice scattered across the grass. There has been no obvious explanation for the freak incident but experts suspect the ice may have formed on the body of a passing aircraft.
Family friend Eleanor Stephen, 41, was at the Helliwells’ home in Busby, Renfrewshire, when the ice struck. She said:
“I was sitting at my desk & heard this big boom. I thought it was an explosion & I felt the house shake. When I went downstairs the dog was acting strangely. I looked out of the window & saw a hole w/white stuff in it. It was splashed all over the grass. I went out & touched it – I realised it was ice. If anybody had been out in the garden, it could have killed them. We just don’t know where it came from. It’s a complete mystery.”
Lyndsey Helliwell, 41, who lives w/husband Ross, 51, & daughters Elise, 9, & Nuala, 13, said she was glad that no 1 was in the garden at the time. She said:
“It’s slightly concerning that it was so close to the house & the dog is constantly out in the garden bc it’s secluded. If it had been Saturday or a Sunday the kids could have been out playing football or my older daughter could have been playing w/Harper [our dog]. It’s yards from the house & the car. But I’ve spoken to a meteorologist & this sort of thing doesn’t happen often. The whole thing was covered in ice & there were huge chunks everywhere. It’s just so huge & so solid.”
It is usually assumed that ice falling from the sky is aviation related but ice falls from aircraft are considered to be relatively rare. In comparison to the 2.5 million flights a year in UK airspace, approximately 25 ice falls per year are reported to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Some of these instances may occur bc ice which has naturally formed on an aircraft at higher altitudes breaks off as it descends into warmer air.
Experts suspect the ice may have formed on the body of a passing aircraft. But there have been reports of falling chunks of ice which date back to before the existence of aircraft. Research into the phenomena is ongoing by scientists across the world but is controversial.