A California couple puzzled by a block of ice that fell through the roof: “Like a cannon shot”

A California couple was left baffled after a patch of ice fell from the sky into their attic, leaving a gaping hole in the roof.

Jon and Renae LeClair said the “sonic boom” of ice crashing into their home in Big Bear shortly after 10:30 p.m. on August 8 was so surprising that they thought they were being invaded by intruders.

“My wife came out and thinks someone is breaking into the house. I said I don’t believe it; It was like a cannon shot,” Jon told ABC 7.

The couple investigated the house and found broken glass scattered everywhere, but there were no signs of strangers or thieves.

There was also no evidence of a bear breaking into the house, as Renae also theorized was a possibility, considering their property is surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.

Instead, they found a 24-by-24-inch hole in the ceiling and a bowling ball-sized block of ice in the attic.

He landed just inches from a wall that was against the couple’s son, but luckily he had just left home to go to college, they said.

Jon and Renae LeClair said the “sonic boom” of ice crashing into their home in Big Bear shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 was so surprising that they thought they were being invaded by intruders. ABC7/YouTube
ABC7/YouTube

Almost a month later, the origin of the ice remains a mystery.

At first, Jon theorized that it came from a meteorite, but he thought that summer temperatures, which hovered around 80 degrees, were too warm to sustain falling ice.

He and his wife now believe the chunk came down from a passing plane after frozen moisture broke loose from the planes.

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Flight Aware data shows that planes routinely fly over LeClair’s home on their way to LAX.

At first, Jon theorized that it came from a meteorite, but he thought that summer temperatures, which hovered around 80 degrees, were too warm to sustain falling ice.At first, Jon theorized that it came from a meteorite, but he thought that summer temperatures, which hovered around 80 degrees, were too warm to sustain falling ice. ABC7/YouTube
He and his wife now believe the chunk came down from a passing plane after frozen moisture broke loose from the planes.He and his wife now believe the chunk came down from a passing plane after frozen moisture broke loose from the planes. ABC7/YouTube

The theory is not unfounded: Just a week later, a chunk of ice estimated to weigh up to 20 pounds crashed through a Massachusetts home.

In 2015, a basketball-sized patch of ice plummeted through a home in Modesto, California, more than 350 miles north of the LeClair residence.

The Savath family at the time compared the noise to a bomb explosion.

Ice left a 24-by-24-inch hole in the roof of the California home last month.Ice left a 24-by-24-inch hole in the roof of the California home last month. ABC7/YouTube
He landed just inches from a wall that was against the couple's son, but luckily he had just left home to go to college, they said.He landed just inches from a wall that was against the couple’s son, but luckily he had just left home to go to college, they said. ABC7/YouTube
The couple has since covered the hole with a tarp, as the origin of the ice remains a mystery.The couple has since covered the hole with a tarp, as the origin of the ice remains a mystery. ABC7/YouTube

“This will eventually kill someone,” Jon said, adding that he’s not sure what can be done to address the problem.

“I have no idea. I can’t contact the FAA. [The National Transportation Safety Board] He says it’s not his territory. “I filed a report with the sheriff’s department and they are scratching their heads.”

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