Giant Ice chunk crashes through California Home roof

Chunks of ice fell through the roof of the home owned by Chino resident Brandon Blanchard on Nov. 4, 2017, creating a hole shown in the photo about 2-1/2 feet in diameter. No one was injured, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. (Courtesy of Brandon Blanchard)

Brandon Blanchard figures that all things considered, a mere hole in his roof isn’t so bad.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, his wife was lying down in a bedroom about 17 feet from where chunks of ice crashed through the roof of his Chino home and into his daughter’s bathroom. The ice – believed to have fallen from a passing airliner – could have just as easily hit his wife, Blanchard said.

Instead, it landed in a bathtub.

“Just wild, wild and bizarre, and every day we realize how fortunate we are,” Blanchard said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials visited him Tuesday and will talk with Blanchard again next week, he said.

The FAA had not yet concluded whether the ice came from an airliner. Spokesman Ian Gregor said that the ice is clear, not blue, meaning that it could have formed on the outside of an airliner from a leak in its galley. Blue ice would have come from an airliner’s lavatory, Gregor said.

The FAA is trying to determine which, if any, aircraft were flying over the area at the time, Gregor said.

Blanchard preserved the ice and is keeping it for evidence. And for safety reasons, it’s in a freezer other than the one in which he stores food.

Asked how big the hole is, Blanchard said, “A high school student who is in shape will fit through it,” maybe 2 1/2 feet in diameter.