Local Police have discovered a record haul of ice in an esky at a barbecue in Wahroonga on Saturday afternoon.
Officers say that the quantity was cunningly obscured by a thin layer of some beers and soft drinks at a family barbecue at a large family home in the leafy suburb in Sydney’s affluent northern suburbs.
The police were alerted to the ice when some next-door neighbours, who would later join the barbecue, shouted “do you need us to bring ice? Or do you have some?” over the fence.
Witnesses report that Darren Myers, “host with the most” to his friends, then shouted back “Nah, we’ve got about two bags of ice over here already. Don’t worry about it!”
Police estimate the street value to be approximately six dollars, or five dollars if there was a “two-bags for five dollars” deal on.
A police representative at a press conference today said that we couldn’t be complacent about substances like water in its solid state.
“This is proof that it can wind up anywhere. Time was, people thought it was just for freezers and Antarctica. This is a family ritual that revolved around ice.”
But the takeaway message was not a negative one.
“It’s a comfort to know that such a quantity of ice has been discovered before it could do damage,” the representative stated, “I mean… it’s hard to conceive of exactly how bags of ice could be damaging – perhaps if you were to slip, or get very cold – but this find is important all the same.”
Similar amounts of the substance were reportedly found at nearby Memorial Oval, where athletes were found keeping sausages cold and rubbing it on their skin.