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Protective coating on Willis Tower Ledge cracks under tourist's feet

Willis Tower 'Ledge' Cracks Under Tourist's Feet

A California family got more than they bargained for during a trip to the Willis Tower Skydeck, WGNTV reports.

Alejandro Garibay, his brother and two cousins were visiting Chicago's tallest building Wednesday night and decided to get some photos from The Ledge - a glass enclosure which looks down from 1,353 feet above the city. But when they stepped into one of the four glass enclosures, they say they felt the glass crack under their feet.

"So as we're taking last-minute pictures, we're sitting down on top of the deck. And maybe we were there for 30, 45 seconds, maybe a minute at most, and as we're getting up to get out because they were soon to close, the deck just cracked beneath us," Garibay said.

According to a spokesman with the Willis Tower, the glass deck didn't crack. It was actually a protective coating on the glass that shattered.

"The Ledge was designed with a protective coating that completely covers all glass surfaces to protect against scratches," spokesman Brian Rehme said in a statement. "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."

Skydeck Chicago is open Thursday and operating as normal while the protective coating is replaced.

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Tony and Laurel May 29 2014 at 2:21 PM

I would have had to change my shorts!!

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kimmer0310 May 29 2014 at 2:41 PM

As a former Chicagoan i would question the integrity of everything put out in that city from the politicians to the glass of the Willis Tower.

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gocubsgo002 May 29 2014 at 3:06 PM

It will ALWAYS be Sears Tower...and Marshall Fields...and Comisky Park.

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adshim2 May 29 2014 at 2:54 PM

What a stupid idea this deck is, but what is even worse is that people would put their lives in danger just to say they stood on it. They won't stop until somebody falls from that thing and dies.

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charliez May 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

That sounds like something you should be able to pay extra for when bringing special "friends" from out of town.

You know, the ones who insist on doing the same touristy Chicago things every single time they come to sleep in your house for free, eat everything in your fridge and drink all your beer. That'll cure 'em from wanting to come back!!

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Cora Morales May 29 2014 at 2:55 PM

Even if it's a protective glass, it should not crack...it's too scary. Something should be done about this matter.

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lincnman2 May 29 2014 at 3:00 PM

When a glass floor 103 story's high cracks under somebody's feet, there will probably a mess to clean up.....

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Laraine May 29 2014 at 4:53 PM

The deck was doing 'what it was designed to do'??? How about designing it NOT to crack...whether it's top layer or not. Good lord.

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Doug Laraine May 29 2014 at 8:04 PM

That's your journalists...like their talkng to a group of 3 year olds! We have the technology and yet we don't show it!

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rjggoldstandard May 29 2014 at 2:14 PM

Do you have to pay extra for that?

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itizgina May 29 2014 at 2:39 PM

Isn't it almost brand new?

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