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Glass footbridge shatters on London’s Tower Bridge

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Officials say there was no danger to the public after the glass panel in the walkway broke

Engineers fixed the sign in two days and the attraction remained open

The glass floor has four layers. Top layer can be easily replaced when scratched or damaged


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CNN

A spooky view of London just got a little spookier.

At 138 feet above the city’s River Thames, the view from the recently opened glass walkway at Tower Bridge was already enough to generate great anxiety.

Then last Friday someone dropped a bottle of beer and the glass shattered.

The good news, Tower Bridge officials say, is that the breakage only affected a “sacrificial” panel covering thicker glass underneath and there was no risk to visitors.

Two days after the incident at a private event, the glass had been repaired.

The attraction remained open normally.

Witness Peter Gordon tweeted an image of the shattered glass, which was allegedly made worse by someone walking in a pair of stilettos.

“Unique Point of View”

“A sacrificial layer of glass on the new west walkway of the Tower Bridge exhibition shattered on Friday evening when an empty beer bottle fell from a tray being carried by a member of the catering team during a an event,” a statement from Tower Bridge said.

“The floor was immediately inspected and covered to protect guests from broken glass.”

He said engineers were called the next morning and replaced the glass panel within 24 hours.

“The new glass floor has four layers of glass with the sacrificial layer on top – this is installed in such a way that it can be replaced if scratched or damaged.

“We look forward to continuing to welcome visitors from around the world to our attraction and to enjoy a unique vantage point from one of London’s most iconic landmarks.”

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