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Tourists believed iconic Willis Tower ‘Ledge’ was cracking as they posed for pic

Posted at 12:15 PM, May 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-29 12:18:03-04

CHICAGO, Ill. — A family from California had quite a scare at Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower.

After Alejandro Garibay and his group took a photo on The Ledge — a glass enclosure which looks straight down from 1,353 above Chicago — the bottom began cracking beneath their feet, but that was actually not the case, according to a report from WGN.

However, according to a spokesman with the Willis Tower, the glass didn’t shatter. It was actually a protective coating on the glass that cracked.

“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.”


After taking a photo on The Ledge at the Willis Tower, the glass bottom appeared cracked. (PHOTO: Alejandro Garibay)