Saturday, March 25, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

London skyscraper is melting cars


Posted on Sunday, 8 September, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments

The 'Walkie-Talkie' in London. Image Credit: CC 2.0 David Holt
The building focuses sunlight so intensely that the reflection is capable of warping and damaging metal.
Engineers working on the construction of a new 37-storey building in London have run in to an unexpected problem in the form of a surface so reflective that it has been causing significant damage to cars parked on the street below. Known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' due to its shape, the building has already managed to generate complaints before it has even been completed.

Martin Lindsay had been returning to his Jaguar that he'd parked on Thursday afternoon when he found that parts of the vehicle had literally melted. "You can't believe something like this would happen," he said. "They've got to do something about it. It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body."

In a joint statement, the building's developers and Canary Wharf attempted to allay the public's fears over the incident. "We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter," they said. "As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected while we investigate the situation further."

Source: BBC News | Comments (21)

Tags: Sun, Cars, London


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by seeder on 8 September, 2013, 20:24
If he had "comprehensive" coverage, I suspect so -- but I don't know if this is sold in Britain. Yes it is, we have 3rd party only, 3rd party fire and theft, and fully comprehensive. But the article did say the builders/architects whatever offered payment "Mr Lindsay said the developers had apologised and agreed to sort out the 946 repair costs"
Comment icon #13 Posted by Frank Merton on 8 September, 2013, 22:10
It amazes me they were able to get the required permits with such an obvious potential, all that glass shaped convex.
Comment icon #14 Posted by mesuma on 8 September, 2013, 23:43
C'mon he drives a Jag, he deserved it.
Comment icon #15 Posted by GreenmansGod on 9 September, 2013, 0:07
Glass buildings kill a lot of birds too. I hate the things.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Kludge808 on 9 September, 2013, 9:03
Darn, and I'd hoped for an alien death ray or something. How disappointing. ;-)
Comment icon #17 Posted by highdesert50 on 9 September, 2013, 21:11
Would have been an interesting engineering project to have designed the glass panels in a manner that allowed successive groups of panels to capture the sun and reflect it into a collector as the sun sweeps the sky. May be a relatively passive method to make electricity or heat. Construct a building with some engineering foresight once and dual purpose it for life.
Comment icon #18 Posted by seeder on 9 September, 2013, 21:33
Would have been an interesting engineering project to have designed the glass panels in a manner that allowed successive groups of panels to capture the sun and reflect it into a collector as the sun sweeps the sky. May be a relatively passive method to make electricity or heat. Construct a building with some engineering foresight once and dual purpose it for life. wouldn't solar panels do just that?
Comment icon #19 Posted by shrooma on 9 September, 2013, 23:03
london skyscraper goes on rampage- sets fire to cars and shops! eye-witnesses hope Godzilla is a sign of Revelation!! . http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/03/20307661-it-is-hotter-than-anywhere-ive-ever-been-london-skyscraper-melts-cars-fries-eggs?lite . nearly a week ago. . (.....and it STILL makes more sense than crop-circles being a sign of Revelation.....) ;-)
Comment icon #20 Posted by stevemagegod on 9 September, 2013, 23:46
"It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body. O God. If that is what its doing a car someone won't be having kids anytime soon if not at all. Can you saw law suit?
Comment icon #21 Posted by curiouse on 6 October, 2013, 23:03
Isn't the planet getting hot enough, without Builders, Architecs designing buildings that "Radiate" heat. use your smart brains.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5869868
252327
166331

 
'Mystery gardener' plants trees after dark
3-24-2017
An unknown individual in Stevenage, UK has been planting trees on a town green under cover of darkness.
New study aims to find evidence of thylacines
3-24-2017
Sightings in Queensland have sparked a new scientific study in to the existence of the Tasmanian tiger.
4,000-year-old tomb is unearthed in Egypt
3-24-2017
The unopened tomb was discovered by archaeologists during a Spanish archaeological mission in West Aswan.
Sleepwalker visits store, tries to buy melon
3-23-2017
A 23-year-old woman had to be escorted home by police after sleepwalking in to a local supermarket.
Featured book
 
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
How do we find lost satellites ?
Posted 3-24-2017 | 0 comments
A look at the methods scientists use to locate spacecraft with which contact has been lost.
 
Searching for Japanese bats
Posted 3-23-2017 | 0 comments
The Rimizu limestone caves in Japan are an ideal place to look for hibernating bats.
 
ISS astronauts answer questions
Posted 3-22-2017 | 0 comments
Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson discuss life in space and what they've been up to.
 
World's largest surfed wave
Posted 3-21-2017 | 1 comment
Extreme waterman Garrett McNamara surfed this 78ft wave in Portugal back in 2011.
 
How long do animals sleep ?
Posted 3-20-2017 | 3 comments
Some animals sleep for a mere two hours while others spend most of the day asleep.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
My nightly occurrences
2-28-2017 | Manchester, UK
 
Saved by a stranger
2-7-2017 | Green River Wyoming
 
Spooky sense
2-4-2017 | India
 
Ghost car
2-4-2017 | Chicago, IL, USA
 
Mysterious powder
2-4-2017 | USA, North Carolina
 
Puerto Rico UFO sighting
2-4-2017 | Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
 
Phantom vehicle
1-6-2017 | Ramer, United States
 
True ghost stories
1-6-2017 | Southern California
 
Floating tiles
1-6-2017 | Chewelah, Washington
 
A haunting in Northern California
12-28-2016 | Northern California
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ