Willis Tower SkyDeck Ledge Cracks Under Visitor’s Feet

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

In what might be characterized as a pant-wetting experience, visitors to Chicago’s Willis Tower SkyDeck got more than a great view Monday when the attraction's protective layer covering the glass splintered into thousands of pieces.

The glass sightseeing box extends from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower in Chicago and attracts about 1.5 million visitors each year.

The Willis Tower told CNN affiliate WBBM that no one was in any danger -- the protective layer did what it was supposed to do. 

Chicago-area resident Jesus Pintado captured the moment on video.

"There was a woman with two kids and they looked really pale and scared because the floor just cracked," Pintado told WBBM.

The ledge is designed to hold up to five tons and its protective coating is intended to keep the ledge from scratching.

The protective layer cracked previously in May 2014,  creating a similar panic.

In 2014, tourist Alejandro Garibay told CNN affiliate WGN  that he saw lines forming in the glass and immediately moved from the ledge.

There was no immediate danger in that case either..

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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