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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – As temperatures rose above freezing, ice began to fall, creating a hazard for North Texans.

Several Plano residents shot video of cascades of ice falling from their apartment buildings Sunday.

The inches-thick ice is seen smashing into vehicles parked below and crashing to pieces upon impact.

Miraculously, no one has been injured but several vehicles have been deemed a total loss with caved in roofs and broken windshields.

Marcus Sallis’ black BMW was among the vehicles struck by falling ice.

“We were just sitting in the house and all of a sudden, it felt like an avalanche was off the roof,” he said. “At the end of the day, I could have parked anywhere. I decided to park there for convenience and it was that convenient.”

Red tape surrounded various sides of the Plano apartment complex where falling ice was a threat.

Residents who regularly walk the neighborhood said instead of watching for ice patches on the ground, they’re watching for ice from above.

“I walk on the street, which is dangerous too because of the cars but it’s something you have to do. You have to be cognizant of it. Just watch out,” said resident Tony Sutter.

An ice-covered awning at the nearby Shops at Legacy fell from the weight of the ice.

One store was blocked off while maintenance crews cleared nearby awnings of ice to prevent ice from falling on shoppers.

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