Chunks of ice fall through Chino home roof, possibly from airplane

Article By: Rob McMillan

CHINO, Calif. (KABC) — Roof damage is common as we approach the winter months. But it’s far less common when chunks of ice fall from a plane & through a roof. That’s exactly what residents in 1 Chino neighborhood said happened over the weekend.

“It was pretty crazy, never seen anything like it before,” Chris Prater said.

He & some neighbors were hanging out in a garage at the end of the street on Harrington Court when it happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Just heard a loud noise,” said Prater, who lives next door to the damaged home. “It sounded like a car crash, I guess.”

Brandon Blanchard is the owner of the damaged home. He said his wife came out of the house & said there had been “an explosion or something.” A brief search around the house turned up nothing. But in their upstairs bathroom was a hole in the ceiling & several large chunks of ice sitting in the bath tub.

“I’m wondering what’s going on, I don’t know what’s happening,” Blanchard said. “Once I settled down & I saw the ice, I think it had to fall from the sky. What’s in the sky? Airplanes!”

Fortunately, no 1 was in the room at the time. Blanchard said it’s the bathroom typically used by his daughter.

Blanchard filed an incident report w/the Chino Police Department. The FAA is investigating the incident. Now Blanchard said he’s dealing w/his insurance company.

“They laughed a little bit, but it wasn’t uncommon I guess in the insurance industry. So they are now looking into it,” Blanchard said.

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