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September 3, 2013   Posted by: Indy

London Tower’s Car-Melting Ray

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 is so intense it melted parked cars.

London's Walkie Talkie Tower London's Walkie Talkie Tower

Land Securities Group Plc (LAND) 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 yesterday. The glare from the skyscraper, whose nickname derives from the tapering design that’s responsible for the beam, has melted parts of vehicles, City AM newspaper reported yesterday.

The light beam cast by 20 Fenchurch Street depends on the sun’s elevation in the sky and the ray lasts about two hours a day at this time of the year, the companies said. Preliminary modeling indicates it will be present for about two to three weeks.

The Walkie Talkie, whose nickname derives from its tapering rectangular design, is due to be completed next year.

Courtesy of – Full story at Bloomberg

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