Sheer luck no one was hurt - masonry falls onto Clifton Triangle
A HEAVY piece of masonry smashed through a glass canopy onto a busy Bristol street.
The carved block of stone fell from the upper levels of a building onto Queen's Road on the Clifton Triangle at around 10.20pm on Saturday.
It smashed through the glass canopy covering a row of shops and scattered glass onto the pavement outside women's clothes shop Yumi.
Despite the stretch being popular with students and club-goers at time of night, no one was injured in the incident, police said.
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It is thought this is the third time a piece of masonry has fallen onto this stretch of pavement.
In 2008 Bristol University chemistry student Eyad Al-Samra, 25, was left seriously injured when a piece of stone weighing 1.5kg landed on his head as he was walking along Queen's Road.
One shop owner also remembered a piece falling a few years before.
Helen Rich, deputy manager of The White Stuff on Queen's Road, told the Post: "Shop and cafe workers found it when they came in to work this morning. The pavement had already been cordoned off.
"This is the third time a piece of masonry has fallen onto the pavement and smashed the glass canopy.
"I don't think anyone was injured this time but it's a very busy stretch at night, so that's extremely lucky."
Rob Pearson, force incident manager for Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We got a call at 10.20pm on Saturday to say a large piece of masonry had fallen from the upper level of a building above a glass roof and onto the pavement. No one was injured in the incident.
"We informed the council who called a structural engineer and building repair. The council organised for the pavement to be cordoned off as it was thought to be a danger to pedestrians."
After the similar incident in January 2008, Mr Al-Samra was left on the brink of death following the accident outside the former Dingles store on the Triangle, which happened just three months after he had moved to the city from Syria. He spent seven hours in emergency surgery having pieces of stone removed from his head and then a further 20 days in a drug-induced coma before making a remarkable recovery.