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2013-09-04 09:53

DEATH RAYS: London's newest skyscraper, dubbed the "Walkie Talkie" building has been blamed for melting parts of a Jaguar parked a few streets away. Image: AFP/Youtube

The design of London's newest skyscraper has divided public opinion but now things are really heating up after the building's death rays caused a Jaguar's parts to melt.

LONDON, England - Developers of the unfinished "Walkie-Talkie" building - so called because of its shape - are investigating the way the building reflects sunlight, after claims that the intense glare melted parts of a luxury car parked nearby and caused a small fire outside a shop.

'Walkie-Talkie' building melts jaguar

Businessman Martin Lindsay told the BBC that his Jaguar's mirror, panels and badge had melted under the concentrated reflection. "It was parked for a couple hours in the city - it's completely warped," he said. "Ruined!"

Lindsay said the damage to car is the equivalent of about R16 000.

The owner of barber shop, Ali Akay, claimed the glare had burned a hole in his door mat. "We were working and just saw the smoke coming out of the carpet."

The half-finished, 37-floor tower is one of the most distinctively shaped skyscrapers in London's financial district. The building is expected to be completed in 2014 and, in a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they were investigating - and taking the matter seriously.


"The phenomenon is caused by the current elevation of the sun in the sky," they explained, adding that the problem lasts about two hours a day and is expected to continue for another two to three weeks.

The companies are evaluating long-term solutions to solve the problem. Meanwhile they have asked that the city suspend parking in the three slots affected, according to a statement.

The rays from the building can melt cars but how about frying eggs? Watch as sunlight from the “Walkie-Talkie” building cooks up a pavement breakfast.

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