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Tourist attraction Ledge on Willis Tower reopens after protective coating cracks 103 floors up



A protective coating on the popular attraction Ledge cracked on Monday, which led to its immediate closure, but there was no danger to visitors at the Willis Tower according to a representative of the Loop skyscraper.

"The protective coating that seems like a screen protector for Ledge experienced some minor cracks," said Willis Tower spokesman Terri Cornelius in an email.

"No one was ever in danger and Ledge was immediately closed. We replaced the cover on Monday night and Ledge was open for business as usual yesterday, "according to Cornelius.

Ledge, a glass box at the top of the Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, is a popular attraction of four glass boxes. stretching slightly more than 4 meters from the skyscraper, about 1

,350 meters above the ground.

A similar incident seemed to have happened at least once before when Alejandro Garibay thought in a few scary seconds the only thing he had and the street 103 stories downstairs was a glass window that quickly cracked as he sat in the clear box out of the Willis Tower.

In May 2014, Willis Tower officials never said Garibay in danger, only a 6 millimeter thick protective coating cracked. of structural glass under the coating that is capable of holding five tons remained intact.

"I had my palms on the floor and I could feel the crack", Garibay said when he posted pictures on the sky Crab's Ledge with his brother and two cousins. "Honestly, I was in shock, in disbelief. I was afraid."

A representative of the city's department of buildings could not be reached immediately.

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