CALGARY — Engineers from the City of Calgary were expected to examine a building under construction Sunday after chunks of glass broke off a large pane and crashed to the street below.
An official with the fire department said that chunks of glass smashed onto the street Saturday, narrowly missing vehicles stopped at a traffic light in the city’s downtown.
Kevin Griffiths, a spokesman for the city, said they were taking precautions until engineers could determine how the glass broke off a pane of glass on one of the top floors of the building.
Two lanes of traffic on a major road near the building were closed as a precaution, he said.
Workers were at the site when the incident occurred, said Griffiths.
Fire department spokesman Jeff Budai said glass was still coming down when crews arrived at the 20-storey building about 1 p.m. Saturday.
“I think we were pretty fortunate,” said Budai.
Traffic was shut down on a major street while the fire department’s high-angle team lowered a member about two metres down from the roof to the broken pane of glass.
Budai said most of the pane of glass, measuring about 1.5 metres wide by 2 metres high, was hoisted up by ropes while smaller shards still stuck to the window frame were collected in a bag.