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#912159 - 25th Nov 2014 9:18am Tower Bridge glass walkway shatters
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Tower Bridge glass walkway shatters after visitor drops a beer bottle on it
The £1 million attraction only opened two weeks ago but has already been damaged when a visitor dropped a beer bottle caused it to crack



A £1 million glass walkway that was opened across London’s world famous Tower Bridge less than two weeks ago, has been smashed after a beer bottle was dropped onto it.
The stunning attraction, which offers visitors a unique, if slightly terrifying view of the road-bridge and River Thames, 138 feet below, was shattered when a member of the catering staff working at the venue dropped an empty bottle while carrying a tray.
The glass floor, which was only unveiled on Nov 10, cracked and then shattered, leaving Tower Bridge bosses with no choice but to cover and close the section of the walkway affected.
Fortunately the design of the walkway, which is made up of five layers of glass in each pane, meant engineers could repair the glass by simply replacing the top layer, rather than the entire thing.
The incident occurred on Friday night but after a thorough inspection on Saturday, engineers were able to replace and test the new glass over the weekend, meaning the attraction did not have to close.

Chris Earlie, head of Tower Bridge, explained that the unique design of the glass layers meant the repair job was very straightforward.
He said: “We are gutted it's happened in the first couple of weeks when it's been open to the public but it's completely safe.
“We should have said no glass on the glass section of the floor. It was a bit shortsighted of us

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#912167 - 25th Nov 2014 10:46am Re: Tower Bridge glass walkway shatters [Re: Mark]
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Its a long way down!! .. I can imagine the shock she felt after looking down at her feet sick

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