N.J. Family Narrowly Escapes Injury After Block of Ice Crashes Through Roof: ‘It Smashed Everything’

'It sounded like helicopter wings coming down and then smash,' Paul Gomez, whose home was damaged, said of the incident

A large chunk of ice crashed through a family
A large chunk of ice crashed through a family's roof in Paterson, N.J., on June 12, 2024

A family in Paterson, N.J., got a major jolt when an object unexpectedly dropped into their home from the sky.

According to the Gomez family, per News 12 New Jersey, a block of ice crashed through their roof around 9:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 12, less than 12 feet from where they were sitting.

“It was big stones… I guess it was a big square. When it came down it smashed everything,” Paul Gomez told the news outlet.

He also shared with NJ.com that his family was on the back porch when they heard a howling noise.

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“It sounded like helicopter wings coming down and then smash,” said Paul, per the outlet.

Sabrina Gomez also spoke of the crash to ABC affiliate WABC: "Out of nowhere we heard a hollow coming down, but we didn't think anything of it, but out of nowhere just a big smash.”

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

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The Gomez home is located under several flight paths, with Sabrina telling News 12 New Jersey:  “And when we look up it’s basically like a plane flying by.”

The ice block may have been airplane bio-waste, WABC reported.

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The damage was serious enough that the family might have to replace the entire roof.

The family told NJ.com that they contacted Paterson police, who recommended that they don’t walk around the second floor, whose ceiling was cracked following the crash, due to safety concerns.

The Gomez family also reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about whether the agency could pay for the damages caused by the ice block, the same outlet reported.

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In a statement shared with PEOPLE on Friday, June 14, about what happened at the Gomez home, an FAA representative wrote: “Generally speaking, we investigate reports that we receive about incidents such as this.”

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