There's nothing quite like an unexpected brush with death to remind you of how precious life can be. In east London, CCTV footage which shows a man narrowly avoiding a giant pile of falling bricks has gone viral, reminding everyone of how fate and chance are often the only things separating us from the great beyond.
The footage was shared by local football team Hackney Wick FC, who were fundraising across the street when the bricks fell.
While the boys were fundraising this happened across the road. A reminder that you can be taken at any time so be t… https://t.co/7jUuHgZeyX— Hackney Wick FC (@Hackney Wick FC)1552254122.0
The London Fire Brigade commented that no injuries were reported.
@HackneyWickFC Bloody hell, that was close, was this in Hackney Wick today? Lucky guy!— John Horton (@John Horton)1552256666.0
Twitter users were understandably worried after watching the stranger's close call.
@HackneyWickFC This has made me paranoid— Danny Griffiths (@Danny Griffiths)1552263222.0
@HackneyWickFC @JuliaHB1 This is why I don't walk around town in high winds - even a single slipped slate can slice your head in two! 🚨 ☠️— Harry Brownrigg (@Harry Brownrigg)1552262178.0
The man in the video must have been rubbing his rabbit's foot earlier that day.
@HackneyWickFC @JuliaHB1 It was like winning the lottery for that bloke.— Gary Wright (@Gary Wright)1552258080.0
@HackneyWickFC @gavthemal Lucky 🍀, he must be Irish 😂— jimmyhurley1000 (@jimmyhurley1000)1552317950.0
@HackneyWickFC That bloke should buy a lottery ticket.— Paul R. 🇪🇺 (@Paul R. 🇪🇺)1552311622.0
Social media users made jokes to hide their fear.
@HackneyWickFC @JuliaHB1 Has anyone blamed it on Brexit yet ?— Eunos Man (@Eunos Man)1552257328.0
@KTF_KTBFFH @HackneyWickFC @JuliaHB1 yep Bricksit— Erw💉n Vacceñor ASD ADD ♈︎ (@Erw💉n Vacceñor ASD ADD ♈︎)1552278308.0
But those who were most honest with themselves admitted they were scared...
@HackneyWickFC @JuliaHB1 Just how lucky is this person to be alive? Fate certainly smiled at him on that occasion. Whew!!!— crafty nana pam (@crafty nana pam)1552260735.0
@HackneyWickFC @chrisblumer1 Dude had Lucky Charms for breakfast— Whattafer? (@Whattafer?)1552303266.0
It's unbelievable that, at any moment, a pile of bricks could hit you like a pile of bricks.
@HackneyWickFC Looks like a special fx app to me.— phillip vance (@phillip vance)1552291781.0
@HackneyWickFC Late tackle there from God. That's a yellow card at least.— Oh This Bloody Computer (@Oh This Bloody Computer)1552290367.0
@HackneyWickFC That is literally a bus stop. Ouf.— andy bullock (@andy bullock)1552257284.0
Sometimes, it's just about being lucky.
@MrJonesTalks @HackneyWickFC @RicksterScale @danklumb Wow. Lucky escape— Timothy Ham N Eggs (@Timothy Ham N Eggs)1552257650.0
I think we all learned a very important lesson today: