Glass Showers Street From 29 Stories Up
August 16, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
TORONTO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A glass balcony panel from a two-tower condominium complex exploded in downtown Toronto, injuring a woman on the street 29 stories below, police said.
The panel disintegrated before noon Monday and rained shards onto the sidewalk and street, forcing a lane closure and the installation of scaffolding over the sidewalk, the Toronto Star reported.
An unidentified woman in her 30s suffered a minor gash to her arm, paramedics said.
It was the fifth time this summer a panel exploded at the Murano development, so-named for the Italian island renowned for its glass. The first four panels fell from the north tower where crews are removing all of them by order of the city last month.
Engineering officials have been trying to determine if improper installation that does not allow for expansion and contraction of the glass was responsible for the exploding panels, or if the glass itself is substandard.
Similar panels have shattered and fallen from two other buildings in the city this summer although there had been no injuries reported until Monday’s incident.