'I could have died': Giant ice boulder smashes through roof of Bristol man's bedroom

A resident in Bristol has had a lucky escape after a giant ice boulder smashed through his roof. Credit: Ronnie Arathoon

A Bristol man has had a lucky escape after a giant ice boulder fell from the sky and smashed through his roof.

The boulder completely destroyed the ceiling of Jamie Shean's bedroom in Lockleaze on Saturday, 3 November around 10.20pm.

The manager of the property suspects the unusual object fell from an aircraft.

  • Megacryometeors: scientific word for the large lumps of ice

Ice sometimes forms on aircrafts when it is cruising at high altitude and as it descends into warmer air, the chunks may break away and fall to the ground.

Ice falling from aircraft is relatively rare. Credit: Ronnie Arathoon

Ice falling from aircraft is relatively rare, as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) received only seven reports of icefall events in 2017, in comparison to the 2.5 million flights in the UK that year.

The manager of the property suspects the unusual object fell into the apartment from an aircraft. Credit: Ronnie Arathoon
  • So what do you do if a block of ice from an aircraft falls through your roof?

According to Heathrow Airport, repairing any damage from ice falls rests with the airline.

If you can't identify the aircraft, some airports, like Heathrow, will arrange for a repair free of charge.

Bristol Airport says it will investigate each case.

The CAA says it has no liability for damage which may be caused by an ice fall.

Otherwise, you should contact your insurance company.