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Abominable Snowball: 800-Pounder Damages College Dorm

Courtesy Reed College

A monstrous 800-pound runaway snowball earned a pair of Portland, Ore., college students some icy stares after it crashed into a dorm room on the Reed College campus and knocked in part of a bedroom wall.

The incident occurred when two math majors tried to make the enormous orb they had created even bigger by rolling it down a campus sidewalk. "The ball just got away from them," Reed College spokesman Kevin Myers told the Associated Press.

The snowball rolled about 15 yards before slamming into Dorm Unit #7. Three students inside heard the smack and discovered it had a fractured bedroom wall. There were no injuries, but Myers said Friday it will cost $2,000 to $3,000 to repair the wall.

The students responsible for the runaway snowball reported the incident and won't be disciplined, Myers said, because they didn't intend to cause damage and feel awful about what happened.

The incident happened last Saturday night, following a rare trio of snowstorms in Portland, but only received attention after the college’s Reed Magazine reported on it Thursday.

Image: Cracked wall of dorm
A dormitory wall was damaged after a 800-pound snowball crashed into it last Saturday. A portion of the snowball can be seen in the window. Courtesy Reed College