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    Glaziers from MTH Industries finish replacing a layer of protective coating over the glass surface on the floor of one of four transparent ledges that jut out from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The see-through glass bays known as The Ledge were designed with a protective coating that completely covers all glass surfaces to protect against scratches. One of the coatings cracked Wednesday night when a family was standing on it. Officials say the family wasn't in danger and the coating does not affect the structural integrity of the enclosure.

    Chicago Tower Skydeck Cracks Under Visitors’ Feet (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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    The protective layer covering the glass-floored balcony of the tallest building in Chicago, Willis Tower, began cracking into thousands of pieces beneath the feet of visitors Monday.

    The incident took place on the building’s 103rd floor, where the Skydeck is located for tourists to get a view of the city and Lake Michigan.

    "There was a woman with two kids, and they looked really pale and scared because the floor just cracked," Jesus Pintado, who captured footage of the incident, told CBS Chicago.

    “I’m scared of heights in general so when I saw that happen, I was like nope, not going on,” another visitor, Karly Pintado, told the local news station.

    ​According to a building spokesperson, no one was injured, and the ledge was immediately shut down following the incident.

    ​"The protective coating which acts like a screen protector for the ledge experienced some minor cracking," a spokesperson told WTHR Monday. "We replaced the coating last night, and the ledge is open for business as usual."

    This is not the first time that the ledge’s protective layer has shattered. Back in 2014, the observation deck was closed after the protective layer cracked while visitors were enjoying the view of the city.

    According to a spokesperson for the tower at the time, "[The top layer of the ledge] is designed to crack when somebody drops something on it," DNA Info reported. "It's not structural. The top piece is protective."


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