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Jennifer Galvin, of Woodfield Avenue, pictured with a chunk of the fallen ice, claimed it could have killed anyone unlucky enough to be under it (B33711-1)
Jennifer Galvin, of Woodfield Avenue, pictured with a chunk of the fallen ice, claimed it could have killed anyone unlucky enough to be under it (B33711-1)
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Residents in a peaceful Farlington road were shaken when a large block of ice fell from the sky and shattered in front of their gardens.

The block was believed to have fallen from a high-flying aircraft passing over at the time.

Jennifer Galvin, of Woodfield Avenue, pictured with a chunk of the fallen ice, claimed it could have killed anyone unlucky enough to be under it.

She said: ‘We have workmen here at the moment. I heard a crash and rushed out expecting to see a body at the bottom of a ladder.’

But the ‘body’ turned out to be fragments of ice. Mrs Galvin saved the largest piece, about 1KG in weight, and put it in her freezer.

‘It landed in front of my house and smashed into smithereens on the driveway. Some went over next door’s garden,’ she said.