Massive ball of ice '˜falls out of sky' into Scottish garden

A large block of ice fell from the sky and crashed into a stunned family's back garden where it has left a massive crater.

Elise Helliwell, 9, in her garden in Busby, Glasgow, Scotland, where a large block of ice fell out of the sky. Picture: SWNS
Elise Helliwell, 9, in her garden in Busby, Glasgow, Scotland, where a large block of ice fell out of the sky. Picture: SWNS

The rock struck the garden of the Helliwell family with a “big boom” and shook their home yesterday morning.

The impact caused a crater measuring 1.4m by 1.2m in the middle of their lawn.

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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 Helliwell’s home in Busby, Renfrewshire, when the ice struck. She said: “I was sitting at my desk and heard this big boom. I thought it was an explosion and I felt the house shake. When I went downstairs the dog was acting strangely. I looked out of the window and saw a hole with white stuff in it. It was splashed all over the grass. I went out and touched it - I realised it was ice. If anybody had been out, it could have killed them.”

Lyndsey Helliwell and her daughter Elise in their garden in Busby, Glasgow, Scotland, where a large block of ice fell out of the sky. September 26, 2017. See Centre Press story CPICE; A large block of ice fell from the SKY and crashed into a stunned family's back garden where it has left a massive crater. The rock struck the garden of the Helliwell family with a "big boom" and shook their home yesterday morning (Tues). The impact caused a crater measuring 1.4m by 1.2m (4ft 7in by 3ft 11in) in the middle of their lawn with 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 Helliwell's home in Busby, Renfrewshire, when the ice struck.
Lyndsey Helliwell and her daughter Elise in their garden in Busby, Glasgow, Scotland, where a large block of ice fell out of the sky. September 26, 2017. See Centre Press story CPICE; A large block of ice fell from the SKY and crashed into a stunned family's back garden where it has left a massive crater. The rock struck the garden of the Helliwell family with a "big boom" and shook their home yesterday morning (Tues). The impact caused a crater measuring 1.4m by 1.2m (4ft 7in by 3ft 11in) in the middle of their lawn with 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 Helliwell's home in Busby, Renfrewshire, when the ice struck.