Tourists Atop Willis Tower Shocked as Glass Coating Cracks Beneath Their Feet

Visitors from California snapped photos after getting off The Ledge, which is closed today for repairs.

The Ledge on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago was closed Thursday morning, one day after the protective coating over the thick glass shattered beneath the feet of a California family.

Brian Rehme, a spokesman for public relations firm FleishmanHillard, representing the tower, says The Ledge boxes remain structurally sound.

Alejandro Garibay told NBC Chicago that he, his brother and two cousins were on The Ledge that juts out of the building around 10 p.m. Wednesday when they heard cracking.

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"Crazy feeling and experience," Garibay wrote in an email to the TV station. "I walked them over so they could see and they were totally shocked and asked us to step away and then proceeded to start calling staff and techs and I don't know who else. When we pulled our phones to start recording and take pictures they asked us to leave right away."

The Ledge opened in 2009.

» via NBC Chicago

Your Turn: Would you get on the platform to look down over the city after this?
Tom Brody May 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Regarding the "splat" idea, it is the case that Mad Magazine published a cartoon showing an artist leaping off of a building, and landing at a pre-determined spot on the sidewalk, in order to create "splat-art." This cartoon was published in the early 1960s.
Tom RS. May 30, 2014 at 08:40 AM
I guess putting your nose on a pane of glass 103 stories up is not good enough any more. That was creepy enough, but now we have a lawsuit in waiting attached to the observation deck. Good luck to the first victim when it really fails....Weee! I can fly!!!
Ern Batavia May 30, 2014 at 09:03 AM
I went to a cocktail reception at the bar atop the Sears Tower several years ago.....took me about 3 belts before I could get anywhere close to the windows.
Justice For All May 30, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Hmmm, I would guess that the tourists were probably standing toward the right side... just above those urine stains.
Bob Draznik May 30, 2014 at 09:50 AM
"Fools walk in where angels fear to tred"


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