On July 1st, a new glass bridge opened in the Fengbin Township of Taiwan, allowing daring visitors to test their fear of heights and drowning.
Visitors to the new attraction traversed the 150-meter long walkway, which is suspended along the seaside cliffs of Hualien County, gazing past their feet at the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing 50-meters below. The construction of the bridge took over three years, as architects took their time to ensure that the final product was safe and stable.
But, on Wednesday, less than two weeks after the attraction’s grand opening, officials were forced to temporarily shut down operations, Taiwan News reports. Apparently, even the best designs and safety precautions don’t stand a chance against a determined tourist with a rock.
On Wednesday morning, some of the bridge’s visitors spotted a man pounding one of the centrally-located glass panels with a rock. The suspect fled when he saw other people approaching, but the damage was already done.
One of the glass panels, which spanned half of the walkway’s width, was cracked. Authorities immediately closed the bridge for repairs. Of the entire bridge, only a 20-meter long section is made of the glass panels, supported by steel beams. But for obvious safety reasons, officials closed the entire attraction.
Repairs only took a few hours and the authorities announced that the bridge would be open and ready for business the next morning.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that a glass structure has experienced this kind of structural damage. Infamously, back in 2015, the glass walkway at Henan’s Yuntai Mountain cracked just two weeks after opening with a dropped steel cup blamed for the breakage.
While officials were unable to catch the culprit of the Taiwanese bridge smashing, they have now installed security cameras on the bridge to ensure such a crime is not committed again.
By Emma Abrams
[Image via Taiwan News]
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