The giant frozen spear hanging off a roof had been highlighted by TV journalists a day earlier.
Man, 40, died at the spot. Picture: TVK6
The man was an employee of a municipal management company was hit as he walked next to a building during routine de-icing works.
Temperatures were around freezing, mild - and lethal - for the city at this time of year.
'We heard screams outside our shop and saw a man lying right next to a communal service's track,' said a sales assistant at a woman's clothes shop. 'An icicle must have ricocheted right into his head as workers cleaned the roof.'
The man died on the spot.
Just a day earlier journalists from local TV programme 'The Last Warning' filmed the dangerous site, urging authorities to clean the roof. Picture: TVK6
'We all rushed to help him and called an ambulance,' said a witness. 'It felt like he still had pulse but when doctors said and checked him, they said he was gone and covered the body.
'He was 40 or just a bit older. We are so shocked.
'People who walked with their children after it happened were hiding their kids' eyes. It was such an upsetting sight.'
Just a day earlier journalists from local TV programme 'The Last Warning' filmed the dangerous site. They urged the authorities to clean the roof.
TV reporter Ekaterina Kashutchik said: 'We filmed exactly that spot just a day before the tragedy. We even had an idea to record me right under that huge icicle, but we didn't dare.
'It looked really scary, and the wind was strong.
'But why didn't the communal services start cleaning roofs from what was clearly the most dangerous icicle?'
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