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Chicago’s Willis Tower Skydeck Glass Cracks Under Terrified Visitors’ Feet

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Chicago’s Willis Tower Skydeck Glass Cracks Under Terrified Visitors’ Feet

Tourists at Chicago’s Willis Tower were left panicking after a glass coating cracked beneath visitors’ feet on the building’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor.

In the incident that happened on Monday evening, one witness reported hearing a ‘boom’, before noticing the glass had ‘splintered into thousands of pieces’.


Pintado’s husband, Jesus, filmed the commotion following the event, with many tourists seen looking on in shock at the shattered glass.

 This is, however, not the first time the glass has shattered while the Skydeck was open for business. 

At the time of the event, a mother and her two children were said to be standing on the deck at the time. 

The trio was enjoying the surrounding landscape view from Willis Tower, which, stands at 1,451 feet, making it the tallest building in the Chicago and the second-tallest in the United States.

Back in May 2014, a protective layer of glass shattered on the same ledge window.  

However, one public relations expert told the media at the time: ‘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.’

The crapper allows tourists to view the streets below through a Skydeck glass that protrudes from the building.

However, an eyewitness said that the incident is enough to scare away anyone scared of heights. 

Visitor Karly Pintado told CBS 2: ‘I’m scared of heights in general so when I saw that happen, I was like “Nope, not going on.”‘

Following Monday’s incident, the glass panel was quickly replaced, and the Skydeck at Willis Tower remains open. 

The skyscraper – formerly known as Sears Tower – was completed in 1973 when it surpassed the World Trade Center as the tallest building in the world, a title held for almost 25 years. 

Since it was opened in 1974, the skyscraper has been a booming tourist attraction attracting more than 1 million visitors per year

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