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London skyscraper accused of melting car

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: September 3, 2013 at 01:31 PM

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LONDON — Developers of an unfinished skyscraper in central London say they are investigating the way the building reflects sunlight, after claims that the intense glare melted parts of a car parked nearby.

The companies behind the skyscraper, nicknamed the “Walkie-Talkie” because of its curved shape, are responding to complaints from a Jaguar owner who told the BBC that the car’s mirror, panels and badge had all melted from the concentrated heat of sunlight reflected from the building.

In a joint statement Tuesday, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said “the phenomenon is caused by the current elevation of the sun in the sky” and that the problem lasts about two hours a day.

They said they have asked authorities to suspend parking in three bays that may be affected.

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