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Falling space objects: Officials stupefied as ice crashes into house in America while plane tire rips through roof in Canada

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The source of a large ball of ice that fell from the sky recently, leaving a gaping hole in the roof of a Moxee, Washington home is being looked into by authorities.

While eating dinner at their home on Tuesday, Dwaine Morrison’s teenage son and daughter were stunned to a hear a loud bang. A chunk of ice measuring 1 foot by 1 foot and weighing 8 pounds, had crashed through the family’s roof and attic, breaking through drywall and pink insulation, and finally had landed in a walk-in closet.

No one in the house was hurt and the pictures of the mess were texted when the children went upstairs.

“This thing had to be bowling-ball to volleyball size. It had some velocity to it. It came from high up”, Morrison told ABC News today.

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Image courtesy Dwaine Morrison

The Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) said it was investigating what flights might have been overhead at the time the block of ice fell.

As the family awaited news from the FAA and their insurance company, the hole in the Morrisons’ roof was patched up. Morrison said the family was storing the ice in a freezer in their garage.

A similar incident occurred in St. Laurent, Quebec, where the residents were reeling after the wheel of a jet fell from the sky and ripped through their roof in the wee hours of Wednesday.

“The renter of the third-floor apartment was not there at the time a plane tire crashed into the house”, said the homeowner who did not want to be identified.

According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the tire belonged to a Falcon 10 corporate jet aircraft, which landed safely nearby at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport shortly after the incident.

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Image courtesy CTV News

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Washington’s Governor Raises Smoking Age to 21 to Curb Addiction

Other US states that introduced similar laws include California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Oregon, in addition to the US Pacific territory of Guam and the District of Columbia

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Governor Jay Inslee of Washington has signed a bill into law raising the state’s smoking age to 21 years, making it the ninth in the country to introduce such legislation, officials said.

The new law, which was signed on Friday, raised the legal minimum age for tobacco purchases from 18 years old to 21. It was passed in the Washington Senate on Wednesday and will take effect on January 1, 2020.

“We know the risks associated with tobacco and nicotine … We know how much easier it is to prevent our children from becoming addicted in the first place than to treat the addiction later in life, or even worse, to treat the cancers and diseases caused by these products,” Inslee said.

Other than chronic diseases, lifestyle habits like smoking causes cancer too. Pixabay
Other than chronic diseases, lifestyle habits like smoking causes cancer too. Pixabay

The Governor signed the bill in the presence of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, dozens of students, legislators and local health officials at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, the largest city in the state, Xinhua news agency reported.

Ferguson, a strong advocate of the bill, said the legislature was “saving thousands of people in Washington from a lifetime of addiction and smoking-related illness through this bill”.

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Hawaii was the first US state to raise the smoking age to 21 when its Governor signed a bill in 2015 to ban the sale, purchase or use of electronic cigarettes to those under the age of 21. Hawaii’s law went into effect on January 1, 2016.

Other US states that introduced similar laws include California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Oregon, in addition to the US Pacific territory of Guam and the District of Columbia. (IANS)