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Coating On The Willis Tower Skydeck’s Ledge Cracks Under Tourists



One of the boxes of The Ledge, the 103rd floor tourist attraction atop Chicago’s Willis Tower, appeared to show cracks Wednesday night, but a building official said what was damaged was a protective layer on the glass and that there was no danger to visitors.

Alejandro Garibay, his brother, and two cousins were in the glass enclosure that juts out of the west side of the building shortly before 10 p.m. when Garibay said they heard cracking.

“Crazy feeling and experience,” Garibay wrote in an email to NBC Chicago. Watch the NBC 5 NEWS at NOON to hear Garibay’s experience first-hand.

Brian Rehme, a spokesman for public relations firm FleishmanHillard, said that was cracked was a protective coating on the glass structure and not the glass itself.

“This coating does not affect the structural integrity of The Ledge in any way. Occasionally, the coating will crack, as it is designed to in order to protect the surface of the glass,” Rehme said in a statement.

The attraction remained open Thursday with the cracked portion reportedly covered with a piece of carpet.




Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com





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