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05:50  13 june  2019
05:50  13 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Tourists at Chicago ' s Willis Tower were left terrified Monday evening, when glass coating cracked beneath visitors ' feet on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower says there were no injuries and insists no one was in danger as the glass coating merely forms part of a protective layer on the Skydeck.

Filed Under: Chicago , cracks in skydeck, Willis Tower . CHICAGO (CBS)– There was another sky-high scare at the Willis Tower , when the Skydeck cracked under visitors ’ feet. A video was shot on the 103rd floor Monday night, after the ledge ’ s protective top layer splintered into thousands of

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A trip to the top of the tallest building in Chicago turned into an even more harrowing experience in the sky for some visitors Monday when a protective coating on the glass-floored balcony began to crack beneath their feet.

The incident happened on the Willis Tower's 103rd floor, the location of the tourist attraction Skydeck Chicago where visitors can get a panoramic view of the city, Lake Michigan, and even parts of neighboring Indiana.

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Chicago Weather: Rain On The WayAfter a sunny day on Tuesday, rain is on the way. Chicago Weather: Scattered Showers SundayChicago areas can expect cloudy skies and scattered showers There was another sky-high scare at the Willis Tower , when the Skydeck cracked under visitors ' feet.

Visitors who braved the Willis Tower ’s Skydeck got quite a surprise when they stepped out onto The Ledge . They thought it was cracking under them, 103 All four boxes of The Ledge , the 103rd floor tourist attraction atop Chicago ' s Willis Tower , were closed Thursday morning for what an official said

The attraction also features four glass enclosures collectively called The Ledge, which opened in 2009 and gives tourists the feeling of standing suspended in midair 1,353 feet above the ground and 4 feet away from the building.

Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it © Provided by Fox News Network LLC Visitors at the Ledge are treated to unobstructed views of Chicago from the building's west side and a heart-stopping vista of the street and Chicago River below — for those brave enough to look straight down.

But Jesus Pintado told CBS Chicago the experience went to a new level of fear after there was a noise and the floor appeared to crack.

“There was a woman with two kids and they looked really pale and scared because the floor just cracked,”  he told the television station.

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Of Chicago ' s Willis Tower When some tourists stepped out onto the glass ledge 103 floors up, they heard cracking . An official insists it was just the protective coating that shattered beneath their feet. There's a glass box on the side where you step out standing on a glass ledge 103 floors up.

A woman and two children who were standing on the ledge in Chicago ' s Willis Tower were left badly shaken, according to eyewitnesses. A famous skyscraper’s 103rd floor glass-bottomed viewing deck cracked after a mother and her Thankfully, the glass that cracked was only a top protective layer

Each Ledge box is comprised of three layers of half-inch thick glass, laminated into one seamless piece.

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Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it
Pintado's wife, who already is nervous about heights, said witnessing the moment was enough for her.

“I’m scared of heights in general so when I saw that happen, I was like nope, not going on,” Karly Pintado told CBS Chicago.

The observation decks were closed once before back in 2014, after cracks appeared in a scratch-prevention coating as a family from California was taking in views of the city.

Protective layer on The Ledge at Chicago's Willis Tower cracks as visitors stand on it © Getty File photo: Visitors check out the view from the Ledge, a new glass cube that juts out from the 103rd floor Skydeck of the Sears Tower, during a media preview July 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. While scary, the protective layer is what covers the actual glass bottom, according to FOX32.

A building spokesperson told WTHR that no one was ever in danger on Monday, and The Ledge was immediately closed after the incident.

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

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