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Cracks appear in Willis Tower's Skydeck: Tower spokesman says there is no danger
Yahoo News ^ | By Mike Krumboltz,

Posted on 05/29/2014 5:13:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin

group of tourists checking out the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Chicago skyscraper received the shock of a lifetime when the glass pane they were standing on began to crack, NBC Chicago reports.

The photo of the cracked glass, taken by Alejandro Garibay, quickly went viral. Nobody was hurt.

Garibay told NBC Chicago that after the protective layer began to crack, he alerted staffers. "When we pulled our phones to start recording and take pictures, they asked us to leave right away," he said.

Tourists who go to the very top of the skyscraper are given the opportunity to step out onto "the Ledge," a series of glass boxes made of three layers of glass built to hold five tons, and then look straight down on the Windy City.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: skyscraper; willis

1 posted on 05/29/2014 5:13:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Oh, well, no problem, then.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 5:14:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
Oh, well, no problem, then.

What kind of a crack is that?

3 posted on 05/29/2014 5:15:46 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: BenLurkin

Evidently it was a coating on the glass that cracked and not the glass.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 5:18:05 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: BenLurkin

Built to hold five tons, eh? Just how large were these tourists? Moochelle gonna be talkin to them folks!


5 posted on 05/29/2014 5:18:31 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BenLurkin

This is a job for Super O he should go with his wife and check out just to make sure it is safe.


6 posted on 05/29/2014 5:18:36 PM PDT by funfan
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To: BenLurkin; Vendome; Shimmer1

Anyone who has seen my bungee jumping picture knows how I would have reacted...


7 posted on 05/29/2014 5:22:04 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: BenLurkin
"Occasionally this happens, but that’s because we designed it this way," he said. "Whatever happened last night is a result of the protective coating doing what it’s designed to."


8 posted on 05/29/2014 5:22:14 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: BenLurkin

If I was there they would buying me some new pants.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 5:23:46 PM PDT by AU72
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10 posted on 05/29/2014 5:25:37 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: AU72

Damn I almost went on that on the 17 but ran out of time. Now I can’t see threw the glass.


11 posted on 05/29/2014 5:26:22 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: BenLurkin

When “Windows on the World” atop the World Trade Center, first opened, the views were of course spectacular, but people were afraid. The walls were 20’ high, and all glass..and most people were afraid to get too close to them. During serive, while people were waiting to be seated, The maitr’ d would have several bus boys taking turns running full speed into the walls, and bouncing off them..to show people it was safe..


12 posted on 05/29/2014 5:26:34 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: AU72

Would you have shipped your pants?


13 posted on 05/29/2014 5:26:34 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why are cops ROE more lenient against us, here in the US, than U.S. military's ROE's in a war zone?)
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To: BenLurkin

Kewel.

Wish I had been there.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 5:27:52 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: funfan

And he should take Chris Christie with him to test the glass.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 5:45:07 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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Wow!! Hell of a way to earn busboy wages!! {^)

Great story about Windows on the World!

16 posted on 05/29/2014 5:59:54 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: BenLurkin
"[The top layer of the Ledge] is designed to crack

The most insane thing I've heard all week.

17 posted on 05/29/2014 6:22:10 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

It makes a lot of sense to have a protective cosmetic layer.


18 posted on 05/29/2014 6:46:12 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: kiryandil

Personally, I think they were ON crack! :-)


19 posted on 05/29/2014 7:00:13 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

:-)


20 posted on 05/29/2014 7:02:40 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: TheOldLady

Yes they both know everything.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 7:28:47 PM PDT by funfan
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To: ken5050

A few years ago The Mythbusters did an episode to see if it was possible to leap at an office window and break through. I can’t remember if they managed to break a window. But after their experiment, they told the tale of a Toronto lawyer who would entertain visitors by taking a running leap and jumping into one his office windows on the 24th floor to show how strong they were. Except they weren’t as strong as the lawyer thought they were.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 7:31:19 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: null and void; Vendome; BenLurkin

classic ‘stark fear’ pic


23 posted on 05/29/2014 9:22:39 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (The love that dare not speak its name is now the love that will not shut its *bleeping* mouth)
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To: Shimmer1; null and void; BenLurkin

LOL

So true....

Got my pass to Great America and while I was being thoughtful, I stupidly asked if be would like to go and we could ride the coasters....

I was reminded of scared ghost photo


24 posted on 05/29/2014 10:18:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: driftless2

WOTW was a spectacular venue. I probably ate there over 100 times..Dusk was especially beautiful..the city lights would be on, yet you’d still get the colors of the sunset. Because it was so close to LaGuardia, airplanes on their final landing approach would actually be BELOW you...


25 posted on 05/30/2014 5:05:21 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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