Glass falls from Center City building after cable breaks

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Falling glass caused commotion and concern Monday afternoon in Center City. (WPVI)

Glass fell to the ground in Center City Philadelphia after a cable broke on a high-rise scaffolding.

It happened around 11 a.m. Monday at the Beneficial Bank building at 19th and Market streets.

Officials tell us a gust of wind caught a power cord locking device and flung it into a 12th floor window.

The glass shattered, sending most of the debris into an unoccupied office area. But a chunk of that glass did fall onto the roadway below.

Firefighters and police quickly converged on the scene and closed off that stretch of Market Street until the locking device was secured and the shattered glass was removed from the roadway.

Of course, this is not the first time we've reported on debris falling from buildings in Philadelphia.

Back in 2014, a 25 foot column came crashing down from the side of a parking garage at 19th and JFK Boulevard.

And in 2009, debris tumbled from a building at 16th and Chestnut.

No one was injured in either case, and fortunately the same can be said regarding Monday's incident.
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