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Giant chunk of ice falls, crushes parked car in New York City

NEW YORK CITY — A giant chunk of ice is being blamed for crushing a car in the SoHo section of Manhattan on Tuesday.


A man tweeted a photo of the damaged car on Charlton Street Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The New York City Fire Department was forced to close several streets to vehicles and pedestrians in order to remove remaining pieces of ice from the building.

Officials say chunks of ice have been known to fall from buildings in New York when temperatures rise above freezing.

Pedestrians have been injured by falling ice in the past.

"Falling icicles and snow masses from buildings can be dangerous in a dense city such as New York and can injure pedestrians, damage vehicles, and disrupt transportation if streets must be closed for safety reasons," according to the Department of Buildings.