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Skydeck glass floor of Willis Tower cracks while tourists on it taking pictures

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Courtesy: ABC / Alejandro Garibay Courtesy: ABC / Alejandro Garibay
   CHICAGO (AP) -- Officials at Chicago's Willis Tower say the popular tourist attraction is safe, even though a glass ledge jutting from the building's 103rd floor appeared to crack beneath the feet of a visiting family.
   The see-through glass bays are known as The Ledge and extend about four feet from the building, which was once called the Sears Tower.
   Officials say the family wasn't in danger when the cracks appeared Wednesday on a glass enclosure.
   In a statement Thursday, Willis Tower says a protective coating covering the glass surface cracked, not the glass itself. They say the cracks don't affect the "structural integrity" of the ledge, which is designed to occasionally crack.
   The ledges have proven to be a popular -- if a frightening -- experience since they opened in 2009.

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CHICAGO (WKOW) -- ABC 7 in Chicago is reporting that The Ledge at the Skydeck of the Willis Tower cracked while tourists were sitting on it Wednesday.

The Skydeck is 103 floors up and is a glass box that protrudes from the building.  It's a hot spot for tourists.

ABC 7 spoke to Alejandro Garibay who was in Chicago from California.  He told ABC 7 that four people were sitting on the Ledge when it cracked below them and he could hear a worker telling them to "step back."

Willis Tower spokesperson, Bill Utter tells ABC 7 there is no reason to be alarmed as it was the protective coating that cracked.  That coating Utter says is what keeps the Ledge from getting scratched up.


The protective coating will be repaired Thursday.


The Skydeck remains open.

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