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Another window 'explodes'

ALTHOUGH local authorities have launched a citywide inspection campaign targeting glass exteriors of all buildings, the rash of "glass-exploding" incidents this summer is continuing.

A window on the ground floor of Plaza 66 on Nanjing Road W. burst early yesterday morning, and employees found pieces of glass outside the building as they arrived for work. Workers said they knew the building, erected years ago, needed many windows changed or repaired.

The owners of high-rise buildings and their property management companies are under a requirement to carry out inspections on their glass exteriors. But local authorities will not participate in the maintenance and repair of windows until September. Meanwhile, there's no government oversight during the self-inspection process.

All the while, explosions keep happening.

On July 27, a pane of glass on the 20th floor in an office building on Longhua Road E. shattered and thousands of pieces fell, destroying a canopy on the ground floor.

The glass exterior of the 29th floor of a building on Caoyang Road burst and fell "like rain" to a nearby snack bar on July 26, startling diners inside. Earlier last month, two glass doors at the Hongqiao Railway Station's western entrance gate exploded four days apart.

A worker from Plaza 66 suggested, as have others, that the incidents may be caused by the temperature difference indoors and outdoors due to air conditioning.


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