They probably had the fear of their life. The panel of a glass bridge suspended almost 180 meters high in the Shiniuzhai national geological park in China, broke under the weight of tourists browsing. If construction has been dubbed the “bridge heroes,” referring to the courage required to traverse the entire, 300 meters, the event proved to live up to its name.
A tourist said his foot was struck while walking on the glass bridge. “I looked at the floor and saw that there was a crack,” he says in the Chinese social network Weibo.
25 times stronger than glass
However the glass panels of 24 mm thickness would be 25 times stronger than a window. And in order not to damage the bridge, visitors are even asked to put on paper slippers. But it was not enough to protect and create widespread panic among tourists lying on deck.
“Many people started screaming, I screamed. – it cracked it really cracked -! And then I pushed people in front of me so that we can forward, “said one tourist.
According to a spokesman for the park, cited by Telegraph , the hero of the bridge is able to withstand weight of 800 kg per square meter. But it would be a stainless steel cup inadvertently dropped by a tourist that would have caused the crack.
Inaugurated on September 20, the bridge was closed due to the incident.
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