Chaos as giant beach ball breaks free at busy Old Street roundabout in St Jude’s storm

Giant beach ball loose at Old Street Roundabout via Twitter @Bern798

Giant beach ball loose at Old Street Roundabout via Twitter @Bern798 - Credit: Archant

A quick-thinking driver could have prevented a disaster when he popped a giant beach ball that had come loose in this morning’s storm and was bouncing around a busy roundabout.

The beachball deflated after its potentailly devestating bid for freedom

The beachball deflated after its potentailly devestating bid for freedom - Credit: Archant

The 10 metre wide art installation, which had been on top of the White Collar Factory Building, in Old Street, since March, made a dramatic bid for freedom when is was dislodged by the 70mph winds brought by the St Jude’s storm which battered the capital overnight and this morning.

The beachball after its installation in March

The beachball after its installation in March - Credit: Archant

The enormous sphere was causing chaos as it bounced around the Old Street roundabout in Finsbury, but luckily a council worker spotted the danger and took action.

He parked his car next to through bothersome ball, which was deflating, blocking it in and stopping any potential road accidents it might have caused.

A spokesman for Islington Council said: “At Old Street, quick-thinking council staff averted a possible accident by removing this potential hazard from the road.”


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