New Skyscraper In London’s Financial District Is Casting Light Beams So Intense It’s Melting Parked Cars

Posted on 9/4/2013 by




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By: Patrick Gower, Bloomberg News

The owners of the 37-story tower known as the Walkie Talkie in the City of London financial district are investigating a light beam cast by the building that’s so intense it melted parked cars.

Land Securities Group Plc and Canary Wharf Group Plc are examining the phenomenon and, along with the City of London, have blocked three parking spaces around the building at 20 Fenchurch Street that may be affected, the companies said in a statement after the market closed Monday. The glare from the skyscraper, whose nickname derives from its tapering rectangular design that is also responsible for the beam, has melted parts of vehicles, City AM newspaper reported Monday.

“We are taking the issue of light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street seriously and are looking into the matter as a priority,” Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group said in the statement.

City AM reported that Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar XJ below the building and an hour later there was a smell of burning plastic and some panels were warped beyond repair.

He said: “They’re going to have to think of something. I’m gutted. How can they let this continue?”

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