Chicago Pedestrians Avoid Falling Ice

Pedestrians would be wise to heed the numerous signs warning of ice from above.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Pedestrians on the Mag Mile keep an eye out for ice dropping from skyscrapers

    The deep freeze that sent Chicago to the depths of historical coldness are receding back to the polar region from where they leaked.

    Earlier this week, Chicagoans were warned against life threatening cold that could induce frost bite in minutes. 

    Today there's a new danger: falling ice. Pedestrians around Chicago were holding backpacks and purses above their heads and taking wide paths around high rise buildings. 

    Ice Falls from Hancock Building

    [CHI] Ice Falls from Hancock Building
    Watch as pedestrians hold bags on their heads, walk quickly and try to avoid ice falling from Chicago's John Hancock tower.

    The tightly packed snow and ice sitting atop Chicago's high-and-mid rise buildings began thaw and slide off as temperatures rose past freezing. 

    Falling Ice Victim Tells Her Story

    [CHI] Falling Ice Victim Tells Her Story
    The battered 2003 Honda Accord tells only one part of Loraine Jennings' story of falling ice and the man who tried to help her.

    Ice strike events, while not overwhelmingly common, do happen. The Atlantic Cities pulled together some examples from the historical ice-death record in a 2012 post. Among the more horrific: Chicagoan Donald Booth was hit in the head in 1994 by a chunk of ice described to be the size of a microwave. In 1903 a police officer was killed when an icicle fell and cut off the top of his head. 

    Down in Texas, this poor Jaguar luxury car was destroyed by falling ice after a 2013 storm that left North Texas covered. 

    Experts say that the best course of action to avoid the ice falling is to heed the signs along sidewalks and to cross the street when you're warned of danger.