In pictures: Crowds gather to feel Walkie Talkie 'death rays'
This lunchtime crowds gathered at London’s newest tourist attraction to experience the heat reflected from Viñoly’s skyscraper
Rays reflected off the curved facade of the 37-storey tower, described by Mayor of London Boris Johnson as a ‘lovely new skyscraper that is producing Aztec death rays’, are widely reported to have started fires, damaged nearby businesses, cracked tiles and burnt a doormat.
In response to the phenomenon the City of London has suspended three parking bays.
Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf have erected a scaffold screen on Eastcheap to protect pedestrians and buildings from the rays.
According to the developers the light beam at this time of year lasts about two hours a day and preliminary modelling indicates ‘the phenomenon’ will be present for two to three weeks.