Reflected sunlight from London skyscraper melts parts of Jaguar car

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:15 EDT
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A building called the “Walkie-Talkie” by some London residents reflects sunlight so intensely that its beams melted parts of a Jaguar automobile parked on an adjacent street. According to BBC News, when Londoner Martin Lindsay parked his black Jaguar on Eastcheap St. in the City of London (the financial and government district inside London), he returned hours later to find parts of the car melted and warped from the intense heat.

Lindsay said he was returning to his car when he noticed a commotion. “I was walking down the road and saw a photographer taking photos and asked, ‘what’s happening?’” he said.

“The photographer asked me ‘have you seen that car? The owner won’t be happy.’” Lindsay recounted. “I said: ‘I am the owner. Crikey, that’s awful.’”

The new, 37-floor building stands at 20 Fenchurch St. and developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said jointly, “We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter.”

The upper portion of the building is curved and the highly reflective glass concentrates sunlight downward just like a curved mirror in a science experiment or a magnifying glass directing sunlight. Temperatures on the street below have been measured up to 92.6 degrees Celsius (198 degrees Fahrenheit).

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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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