Chicago skydeck scare

, Posted: Thu, May 29 2014 at 11:46 AM, Updated: Thu, May 29 2014 at 11:57 AM

Calif. --- (WMAQ News) A family visiting from California got the scare of their life on Wednesday during a visit to Chicago's Willis Tower Skydeck, the 103rd floor tourist attraction atop the city's tallest building.

One of the four glass enclosures jutting out from the side of the building, collectively called The Ledge, appeared to show cracks, said Alejandro Garibay, who was on the glass with his brother and two cousins.

A spokesman for Willis Tower said that what cracked was a protective coating on the glass structure and not the glass itself.

"Skydeck Chicago is open today while the protective coating is being replaced," said Brian Rehme, a spokesman for public relations firm FleishmanHillard. "We have temporarily closed the four Ledge boxes for routine inspection we hope to reopen them shortly."

Rehme insisted the structural integrity of The Ledge boxes were sound.

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