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Footage Shows Glass Skydeck On 103rd Floor Start To Crack Under Tourists' Feet

Footage Shows Glass Skydeck On 103rd Floor Start To Crack Under Tourists' Feet

Tourists were left terrified on Monday night, when the glass floor of a Chicago skyscraper started to crack under their feet:

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The city's Willis Tower has a Skydeck on the 103rd floor and people saw the glass splinter into 'thousands of pieces' as they stood on it. You would absolutely shit yourself, wouldn't you?

One witness said they heard a 'boom' and then noticed the glass had shattered. A mother and her two children were standing on the deck at the time looking out over the city.

The Skydeck is a protruding platform that lets visitors look down directly to the street below. The 1,451ft-tall Willis Tower is the tallest building in Chicago and the second tallest in the whole of the US.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt in the incident. A representative of the company that manages the tower said that nobody was ever in danger as it was just the protective glass that covers the ledge that smashed, and that it did what it was supposed to.

An onlooker told CBS2: "There was a woman with two kids and they looked really pale and scared because the floor just cracked."

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Another added: "I'm scared of heights in general so when I saw that happen, I was like nope, not going on."

It's not the first time it's happened, though - the glass also broke back in May 2014.

At the time, a representative for the attraction told The Atlantic: "The [glass] 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."

Apparently, the glass protector was replaced soon after it cracked on Monday.

The attraction holds events including yoga and night time viewings of the city, but I'm still not convinced I'd like to stand on it, and neither are people on Twitter by the looks of things.

Basically, this is a whole load of nope.

Featured Image Credit: Jesus Pintado and Karly Pintado

Topics: US News

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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