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Glass falls 22 floors onto cars

A piece of glass wall fell off a downtown commercial high-rise yesterday, crashing onto cars parked beneath in Huangpu District.

The incident happened about noon at Hong Kong Plaza on Huaihai Road M., a busy business area in Huangpu.

A witness said a man was injured by broken glass while the building's property management company denied that anyone was hurt.

A manager surnamed Hu with the property management firm said the glass fell as workers were conducting checks on the exterior wall structures. A piece about 2 square meters fell from the 22nd floor.

By the time it hit the street, broken pieces slashed five cars. A food store worker in the first floor of the building described the scene as "like raining with glass pieces."

"We had already taken precautions before the checks and condoned off the areas beneath," said Hu, saying that no passer-by was injured.

But a witness told a city news website,, that a middle-aged man was slashed by the glass.

There are between 4,000 and 5,000 buildings in Shanghai clad with glittering exterior glass.

The city is conducting checks on all exteriors to eliminate potential dangers after a series of accidents, mostly in the summer.


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