Philadelphians Dodging Falling Ice From Skyscrapers After Winter Storm

By KYW Newsradio’s Tim Jimenez, CBS3’s Anita Oh and David Spunt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–Heeding warnings about this hazard, passersby dodged falling sheets of ice from Center City skyscrapers on Thursday.

“A 10-pound piece of ice fell about 600 feet,” said eyewitness Sean McKeever.

“It sounded like it would break windows,” said Joe Cattie, of Jenkintown.

Falling Ice Closes Portion Of Market Street In Center City

It’s just one of many problems Philadelphians are still dealing with after a winter storm moved through the region on Tuesday.

Frozen sidewalks essentially turned some walkways around the city into a skate rink.

“Today it seems a little more dangerous,” Carrie said.

Ice and snow also caused damage to cars due to some drivers failing to clear off the rooves of their vehicles.

One woman sent Eyewitness News photos after snow and ice from another large vehicle reportedly flew off the roof and shattered her sister’s windshield and broke the side mirror of her car.

“You gotta be vigilant and stay alert and look up and look at your surroundings,” Paul Moore said.

In South Philadelphia, some residents are frustrated by slow cleanup.

“I’m annoyed by it, said Hailee Brown. “The side streets are pretty bad. Nobody can get through. People are trying to shovel their cars out. People are slipping.”

Philadelphia’s streets department says it is ticketing those who have not cleared sidewalks.

Under city code, residents can be fined if sidewalks are not cleared within six hours of snowfall stopping.

“Every now and then you’ll come across some people that don’t shovel at all, so you gotta be careful where you’re walking,” said Chris Koch, who was digging his van out of the snow and ice.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority also began reinforcing parking meters at 4 p.m. on March 14 after the city lifted its snow emergency.

Officials are telling people to be aware of their surroundings because even small pieces of ice can do a lot of damage.

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