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Beware falling glass near downtown Raleigh buildings

Posted September 22, 2014

Safety barriers and warning signs went up Monday outside two buildings in downtown Raleigh due to falling glass.
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— Safety barriers and warning signs went up Monday outside two buildings in downtown Raleigh due to falling glass.

Both buildings were completed in 2008, and since then glass panels have shattered into pellets and that glass has fallen both inside and outside the buildings, said Chris Mears, spokesman for the state Department of Administration.

Mears said that 16 panels of glass have crumbled in the their frames at the Nature Research Center, at 121 W. Jones St., and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, at 217 W. Jones St.

He said no one has been injured by the falling glass.

The city and state sent two sample panels of glass from the buildings back to the manufacturer for inspection, Mears said.

The area outside the buildings will be blocked off until that test is complete.


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  • Scott Ryals Sep 26, 2014
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    The buildings were completed in 2011 not 2008. I should know, I moved into them.

  • Pepe Silvia Sep 23, 2014

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    It's pretty clear you never go to downtown. You have no idea what it's like. Your loss, not ours. Art and music festivals that get national attention... state of the art museums... great restaurants and bars... yeah you go ahead and stay in your little Apex bubble, granny.

  • Centurian Sep 23, 2014

    Like any government building.... the contractor and sub-contractors often get the job by being the LOW BID for the project. (Translation: the cheapest work.)

  • Larry Wiandt Sep 23, 2014
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    What does union or non-union have to do with it? All a union does is protect incompetent workers.

  • proudgrandmomma Sep 23, 2014

    downtown Raleigh is clearly a problem and has been for years with the homeless situation and these jobless hipsters doing there alternative "life style". So why are we just throwing money at it to fix these buildings? Its not my problem I live in Apex and have ZERO reason to ever go "downtown,"

  • Anita Woody Sep 23, 2014

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    I missed the part where I said it would be pretty cool for it to happen to a 21 year old or 35 year old, and how dare they be there. Thanks for putting words in my mouth. I disagree with your comment about lobbing off their heads, but you have your opinion.

    I hope the glass is fixed soon, a lot of children and older people do frequent the museum.

  • Marley Higgins Sep 23, 2014
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    "That's scary, even more so since this area is so frequented by children and older people visiting. "

    yeah, it'd be pretty cool if it happened to a 21 year old woman or a 35 year old man - no problem. but a child or old person? that's outrageous!! off with their heads! how dare they?!!!!

    some people...

  • heard-it-all-before Sep 23, 2014

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    interesting. learned something new. thanks.

    bet it takes 8yrs and $500M for the state to learn it

  • Jack Harris Sep 23, 2014
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    My guess is that the building is settling or there is a major structural failure in the works

  • Pepe Silvia Sep 23, 2014

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    Into their ear? Okay, eye I could understand because someone could hear the glass break and look up, but ear? How would it end up in someone's ear if it is falling from above? Come on Chicken Little... You'd be 1000x more likely to get hit by a car crossing the street in front of that building.