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accidental death ray

This skyscraper is melting cars like they're ants under a magnifying glass

How would you like it if you returned to your parked car, only to find that bits of it had begun to melt?

THE REFLECTION OF a building in London’s financial district has been alleged to be literally melting cars on the street, as reported by Jim Waterson at City AM

The combination of its curved shape, its placement, and its height has apparently created a tremendously intense reflection and beam of light that creates extraordinary heat on a nearby block

One Jaguar owner says his car suffered melting damage from having been parked in the spot.

A photo has been revealed by the BBC which shows the clearly warped body of the car. They report that parking has now been suspended in the three parking bays affected.


The building, called 20 Fenchurch, is a 37-story skyscraper due for completion next year, and has been nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie due to its unusual shape.


(Image  Credit: Ewan-M via Flickr/CreativeCommons)

An Instagram user has uploaded this great image showing just how white hot the spot on the street seems to get, commenting that “it is a good 10 degrees hotter in there”.


(Image Credit: fiftyfathom/Instagram)

- Joe Weisenthal

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