A skyscraper is melting cars, cracking tiles, blistering paint and burning carpets. This skyscraper that's melting cars and doing all kinds of damage, only does this for just two hours during the day and for only two weeks during the summer, according to UPI.com on Sept. 3.
This bizarre phenomenon has caused enough damage to date that now people are calling for something to be done about it. The culprit is a skyscraper under construction in London, because of its appearance, it was originally dubbed the “Walkie Talkie” building. Now that it has done all this damage, folks are calling it the “Walkie Scorchie” building.
The building’s concave mirrored wall catches the sunlight just right for two hours a day during two weeks in the summer and it somehow creates a powerful magnified beam. This beam is so hot that it can fry an egg. This very bright and concentrated ray of light is destroying anything that crosses its path.
Unfortunately the building across the street from the high intensity beam is in its path. Any car that parks along the side of the road will find the car’s paint blistering and any rubber or plastic panels melted and twisted. On Thursday, Martin Lindsay returned to his parked Jaguar to find it melting. The buildings developers did pay Lindsay almost 1,000-pounds for his car to be repaired, but this can get costly for the building owners.
The barber shop across the street had a hole burned in the carpet in their entry way from the beam of light.
Ali Akay, a barbershop employee, said they noticed the carpet smoking while they were all working one day. Akay also said, “customers are not going to come if there’s a fire at the front door.” One might say that's a fair assumption!
The developers are considering a number of options after explaining just what is happening with this beam of light:
“The phenomenon is caused by the current elevation of the sun in the sky. It currently lasts for approximately 2 hours per day, with initial modeling suggesting that it will be present for approximately 2-3 weeks.”
As a temporary solution, the developer has erected a screen, but they are contemplating adding a chemical to deflect the light. The city has also stepped in to help. The joint developers, Land Securities and Canary Wharf, said in a statement:
“As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected. The developers are on the site. It’s their priority to find out more and see what kind of solution can be out into place.”