Skip to main content

Huge chunk of ice falls from roof, destroys my car

Don't be like me.
Image from iOS (11)

The image you see above shows the result of a giant chunk of ice falling from the roof of a Minneapolis house and smashing a Dodge Neon.

The picture was taken by me, the editor of BMTN: Yes, that's my car.

That is to say, it's what's left of my car after the absolutely smorgasbord of misery that has been this winter had one, last karmic (car-mic?) laugh at my expense.

Image from iOS (11)

It technically still runs, but the money I'd spend repairing it would be well in excess of what it's worth. Since I'd already planned on replacing it anyway this year, I'm taking it as sign.

I'm not one for making the news about myself, but felt it was worth sharing this as a cautionary tale, and I urge you not to follow the pretty abysmal example I set.

Let's see where I failed: 

1. Idiotically left the car far too close to the house while rain was falling after a month of snow. I actually had the thought of moving it earlier in the day, but got distracted by my son, so really it's all his fault.

2. I didn't pay someone to remove ice from the roof of our house when I had the chance, allowing the snow instead to accumulate and freeze. I could've done it myself, of course, but I'm pretty sure I would've broken my neck.

3. Didn't have comprehensive insurance on said car. To be honest this was a financial decision that made sense for a 15-year-old Neon that had seen better days, it just really came back to bite me on the ass.

All too late we've called in some ice dam removers to get the rest of the icebergs safely off of our roof, though we now face a nervous wait till they arrive.

We can expect more of these snow-slipping shenanigans across the state later this week, with rain expected to arrive once again on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Be careful out there, particularly around snow-capped homes with a careless owner...

Image from iOS (12)

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.


Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.


Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.


Screen Shot 2021-05-26 at 7.53.10 PM

Mystery 12-pound ice chunk crashes through roof of Wisconsin home

Ken Millermon said it sounded like a bomb went off.

Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 8.04.08 AM

Viral videos of MnDOT snowplows at work are oddly mesmerizing

It's as satisfying as a freshly snow-blown sidewalk, but on a much grander scale.


Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge working again after being stuck due to ice

Work had to be called off on Wednesday due to falling ice.

Screen Shot 2019-12-28 at 9.27.03 AM

Watch: Sidewalk skater shows just how icy it is in Minnesota

Freezing rain has caused havoc across the metro and beyond.

snow on roof

Rochester elementary students evacuated over fears of roof collapse

Heavy snow has caused several collapses across Minnesota and Wisconsin the past few days.