Nothing says Christmas like giant ornament balls bigger than some cars chaotically rolling through the streets of London after high winds got a hold of them, sending them careening into traffic and shocking motorists.
(Video Credit: The Telegraph)
Video footage shows massive Christmas ornaments, that were actually giant wrapped inflatables, torn from a larger-than-life display by high winds rolling down London’s Tottenham Court Road after bouncing into traffic. Cars tried to avoid the giant spheres in a dangerous game of dodgeball.
The scene was believed to have been filmed early on Monday, according to The Telegraph. Silver and white balls rolled and bounced surreally down the street, crashing into lampposts and causing havoc among stunned motorists.
The first giant ball rolled across a London street and smashed into a post, sending it airborne down the road after shedding a shiny silver coating. A second silver ball tumbled down the street behind the first one in a scene that resembled a giant-sized windy pinball machine or a scene from “Indiana Jones.” The balls also collided, which can be seen from another angle of the footage.
Two runaway Christmas baubles, each larger than cars, were spotted tumbling through central London.
The decorative balls were seen flying down what appears to be Tottenham Court Road. pic.twitter.com/3txCQQ6pWL
— Eleanor Dare (@ellieracheldare) November 2, 2022
The Met Office in London had issued warnings for high winds and heavy rain to kick off November. Mother Nature evidently did not disappoint. There were downed trees and accidents following the storm as well.
The runaway decorations were not the only chaotic incident during the weather event. Part of a dilapidated West Pier in Brighton also collapsed after Storm Claudio pounded it.
Yellow warnings were issued for wind and rain on Wednesday. High winds were expected to blast Irish Sea coastal areas before hitting parts of northern England.
Gusts of 55-65 mph were forecast, especially in exposed coastal areas and over higher ground. Stronger gusts of wind were also possible.
The wind warning was in effect for the eastern part of Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and Scotland, North East and North West England, and Yorkshire and Humber from 7 am to 8 pm.
The weather was expected to potentially produce flooding and disrupt travel. Giant Christmas ornaments on the loose probably count as a disruption.
Nevertheless, people found the incident beyond funny and the jokes wrote themselves.
The media outlet SBNation found the whole ordeal hilarious, “I think we should turn this into a sport. Pamplona might have the running of the bulls, but London can totally own the rolling of the balls. Every November we can have people dress up in their favorite holiday attire and be chased down a wet street after sunset by a series of giant metal balls to signify the joy of the season — and also the desire to be crushed by a large metal object.”
One Twitter user snarked, “london is actually turning into Gotham it’s so silly. why am I seeing christmas balls running rampage in the city.”
london is actually turning into Gotham it’s so silly. why am I seeing christmas balls running rampage in the city.
— asmi (@asma_o44) November 1, 2022
Another tweeted, “Hahahaha! This did make me LOL‼️ It looks like part of a #Movie cos of the size of the balls! #RunawayBalls #ItsBalls ‼️🤣😉.”
“Giant balls causing carnage in London, even the Christmas decorations are getting into political satire,” someone else wrote.
But the best one comes from someone who remembers the dystopian series “The Prisoner” from the ’60s, “When ‘The Prisoner’ ended the big murderous bouncy ball fell on hard times and ended up doing Christmas decoration gigs or stand in roles for small politicians’ testicles. Now in its twilight years ‘Rover’ wanders London streets, blindly looking for someone to suffocate.”
By Jove, I think she nailed it.
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