Coating on Skydeck Ledge Appears Cracked in New Video - NBC Chicago

Coating on Skydeck Ledge Appears Cracked in New Video

A spokeswoman for Willis Tower said the cracks happened in a protective layer on the ledge but no danger was ever present for guests.

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    Coating on Skydeck Ledge Appears Cracked in New Video

    One of the ledges at Skydeck Chicago, the 103rd floor tourist attraction atop the Willis Tower, appeared cracked Monday evening, promting the building to replace the ledge's protective coating, a spokesperson confirmed. NBC 5's Ash-har Quraishi reports.

     

    (Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019)

    One of the ledges at Skydeck Chicago, the 103rd floor tourist attraction atop the Willis Tower, appeared cracked Monday evening, prompting the building to replace the ledge's protective coating, a spokesperson confirmed. 

    Jesus Pintado said he took his parents and family members to the attraction, and while they were waiting in line they heard a "boom." A ledge with a woman and two children on it appeared cracked, Pintado said.

    Terri Cornelius, a spokeswoman for Willis Tower, said the cracks happened in a protective layer on the ledge, but no danger was ever present for guests. 

    "It's like a screen protector," Cornelius said. 

    Coating on Skydeck Ledge Appears Cracked in New Video

    [CHI] Coating on Skydeck Ledge Appears Cracked in New Video

    Video from Jesus Pintado shows what appears to be cracks in the coating of a ledge at Skydeck Chicago.

    (Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019)

    Cornelius confirmed the protective coating was replaced late Monday night, a process that is also done annually, and reported as "business as usual" Tuesday. 

    This isn’t the first time such an incident has been reported at the Skydeck Ledge.

    In 2014, officials closed all four boxes of The Ledge for inspections after cracks appeared in what officials said was a coating designed to prevent scratches on the glass. The protective coating was replaced at the time, according to a spokesman. 

    Ledge-Goers Get Skydeck Surprise

    [CHI] Ledge-Goers Get Skydeck Surprise
    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 stories above the ground. Turns out it was just the protective coating, but they didn’t know that at the time. NBC 5’s Michelle Relerford spoke with them about their hair-raising experience.
    (Published Thursday, May 29, 2014)

    When the tourist experience opened in 2009, engineers said the boxes were composed of three layers of glass each about one half-inch thick. They were built to hold five tons, officials said.

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