Scary avalanche of ice filmed falling from building

This is a rather amazing video of a huge avalanche of ice falling off the roof of an apartment building. I can’t figure out where it happened, but it appeared to be published yesterday.

UPDATE: Reader Annita writes to say that this is apparently Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.


I remember walking down the street in DC a few years back and having a huge chunk of ice fall off a roof and nearly hit me. The person next to me thought it was funny. It wasn’t.

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11 Responses to “Scary avalanche of ice filmed falling from building”

  1. olandp says:

    I just cannot imagine, native Floridian here. Now tell me how stupid Floridians are and how smart everyone else is.

  2. LaSargenta says:

    ProTip: If you must narrate your video, don’t chew gum at the same time.

    Insulating your roof would help prevent potential catastrophes like this. It is the heat rising from inside that makes the bottom of the ice melt enough to slide off.

  3. Cletus says:

    My house has a slate roof. When it lets go, without warning, it sounds like a freight train barreling through.

  4. kraftysue says:

    What was the purpose of filming that particular building? It’s almost like he knew what was coming! Still very dangerous.

  5. Indigo says:


  6. Gindy51 says:

    We get that every winter on our barn and out buildings. The sun heats up the inside and melts the snow and ice from the bottom. Since the roof is low enough, we can bash the hanging ice to it doesn’t screw up the rain gutters. We’re probably going to have to do this in the next week or so once the cold front moves through. I hope the person the filming guy is asking about is okay.

  7. HeartlandLiberal says:

    Ah, looking at the comments on YouTube for the video, I see that despite Google’s proclamation that forcing everyone to have a Google+ account in order to comment on YouTube will clean up the comment swamp on YouTube has really gone a long way in stopping the vulgar, useless, ugly comments and trolls. Well, then again, maybe not.

  8. I recall a similar incident at the small apartment building where I was living in March 1993. The snow was sliding off and I reported it after taking pictures. After I left on an errand, it came down with such force that it caved in the porch roof, which was plastic like an awning. It appears to be an ice dam, so that when it melted enough to fall off, the rest of it followed.

  9. Ron Robertson says:

    I saw that on the news this morning. It was in the Dallas area, Plano. Pretty shocking what it did to the cars underneath!

  10. Kineslaw says:

    The video is from the Dallas suburb Plano at a development called the Shops at Legacy.

  11. BeccaM says:

    Being in a snowy region of New Mexico, we have a steeply-pitched metal roof. When it’s melting, the snow and ice often comes off just like that. Although of course not as much of it as that building there.

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