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Tough winter creates menace: Ice from high-rises

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Posted: Feb 19, 2014 12:11 AM

Updated: Feb 19, 2014 12:13 AM

NEW YORK (AP) City dwellers battling one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers.

Experts say that situation could get worse over the next few days as a thaw with temperatures in the 50s sets in over much of the country.

Streets around the nation's tallest building, New York's 1 World Trade Center, were recently closed when sheets of ice were seen shearing from the face of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. And sidewalks around hundreds of high-rises across the country have been cordoned off with caution tape because of falling ice.

Some architects say newer, energy-efficient high-rises may contribute to the ice problem by keeping the heat inside and making the outside of buildings colder.

Topics: Falling Ice-Skyscrapers

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