Tower's 103rd floor glass-bottomed viewing ledge cracks when family steps on it
12th June 2019

A famous skyscraper’s 103rd floor glass-bottomed viewing deck cracked after a mother and her two children stepped on it.

The terrifying incident at Chicago’s Willis Tower saw the building’s skydeck, which juts out of the side of the building, shatter after the family stepped on to it on Monday evening.

Thankfully, the glass that cracked was only a top protective layer, with the visitors kept safe from any harm by another layer of glazing below.

Willis Tower bosses say the woman and her children were never in any danger – but eyewitnesses said they appeared badly shaken by the incident.

Jesus Pintado told CBS Chicago: ‘There was a woman with two kids and they looked really pale and scared because the floor just cracked.

‘I’m scared of heights in general so when I saw that happen, I was like nope, not going on.’

The same ledge cracked in 2014, with Chicago’s Department of Buildings saying the Willis Tower’s own engineers are fit to inspect and repair it after the latest mishap.

The 110-story building, previously known as the Sears Tower, opened in 1973 and was the tallest building in the world for 25 years.

It remains the second-tallest building in the US, after the rebuilt One World Trade Center, and is the 16th tallest skyscraper in the world.

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