Ice Chunks Likely Fell From Passing Plane In South City

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- A chunk of ice falls from the sky and lands in South St. Louis just feet away from a man in his back yard.  Now the question is where did it come from?

 

On Wednesday In Southtown there was a spark of activity whena huge chuck of ice hit the ground in a back yard and it came down on a bright sunny day. Fox 2 went to experts in search of answers and found the possibilities.

 

Chuck Sampson works from home and decided to take a break in his back yard Wednesday. It's a quiet and peaceful place to be, then suddenly he heard a sound, birds started to go wild. Sampson knew something was up, that's when a big chunk of ice came crashing down, just feet away from where he was sitting.

 

It was the size of a grapefruit after it shattered, and may have been the size of a basketball before it hitting the ground.

 

We wondered how the ice could fall out of the sky on a bright and sunny day and called the FAA. We also caught up with Saint Louis University aviation safety expert Richard Steckel to find out possible causes.  According to Steckel, airplanes typically fly over the south city area and a leaky water pipe on a passing plane could be the culprit.

 

Sampson says he will get rid of the ice and keep the memory of one of the strangest days of his life.

 

Experts also say you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than falling ice in St. Louis.

 

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