Shattered glass rains down from the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle

Shattered glass rains down from the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle

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Shattered glass rains down from the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle

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by ELISA HAHN

KING 5 News

Posted on September 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

SEATTLE, Wash. -- It was early Sunday morning when Glen Holt walked past First Avenue and Union Street.

"I saw people looking up to the top of the Four Seasons and then I noticed glass splattered everywhere," says Holt.

Look up and you can't miss it. Plywood now covers several missing glass panels along the balcony of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences. The balconies with the broken panels are on the top two floors.

Thursday night the glass canopy over the hotel's driveway was shattered but still in its frame, and broken glass was still on the ground.

"Someone could lose an eye, it can go into your flesh, or worse," says Holt.

Holt says the fire department arrived to check it out but soon reopened the walkway.

"I think it's insane. They left this whole area open for more glass to fall," says Holt.

Another witness says it happened before. Dale Smyth who is the doorman for the building across the street says another glass panel fell on July 30th.

"It actually bounced into my doorway here," says Smyth.

A manager for the Four Seasons told KING 5 someone would call with an explanation. As of Thursday night, we were still waiting to hear from the hotel.

The city's Department of Planning and Development says it told the hotel to hire an engineer to figure out what was causing the glass panels to fall from the building. The department will review the engineers findings and determine if a scaffolding or some sort of protection for the sidewalk is needed.

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