Every year, throngs of tourists visit Chicago’s Willis Tower to experience its terrifying heights. But yesterday, some visitors from California got more than they bargained for when a glass enclosure suspended from the 103rd floor of the building began to crack.
“Crazy feeling and experience,” said Alejandro Garibay, who claims he chatted with staff about safety just before the incident. “They jokingly and confidently responded, ‘It’s unbreakable,’ so we just went on.”
Garibay, who was visiting the attraction with his brother and two cousins, said the staff was shocked when they learned what had happened.
“They…asked us to step away and then proceeded to start calling staff and techs and I don’t know who else,” Garibay said. “When we pulled our phones to start recording and take pictures they asked us to leave right away.”
I bet they did.
Despite the frightening nature of the incident, a spokesman for the building said the visitors’ safety was never at risk, and the cracks were forming in the floor’s protective coating, and not the glass itself.
“This coating does not affect the structural integrity of The Ledge in any way,” said the man who gets paid to defuse situations just like this. “Occasionally, the coating will crack, as it is designed to in order to protect the surface of the glass.”
Considering the attraction is still open, and the cracked portion has simply been covered with a piece of carpet, I guess it’s safe to assume the spokesman wasn’t lying, and the structural integrity of the ledge has not been compromised. Still, you go first.
The observation boxes are composed of three layers of half-inch thick glass, and are made to hold up to five tons. As such, this idiot felt safe break dancing inside one. (Source)