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One of the four glass enclosures jutting out from the side the Willis Tower in Chicago has cracks, but officials say it's no cause for alarm.

Four tourists visiting from California were sitting on one of the glass ledges Wednesday night when they heard the sound of cracking and scrambled off. Then they snapped a photo of the cracks.

A representative for the Willis Tower says what cracked is a protective coating and it does not affect the structural integrity of the ledge, which offers dizzying views of downtown Chicago from the 103rd floor.

The skydeck remains open to visitors while crews replace the protective coating.

According to a statement from Willis Tower officials, "The ledge was designed with a protective coating that completely covers all glass surfaces to protect against scratches."  The statement goes on to say, "Occasionally, the coating will crack, as it is designed to in order to protect the surface of the glass."

KWQC Weather Specialist Theresa Bryant recently visited the Willis Tower skydeck with some family members. She says while it took some coaxing to get them all to stand on the glass ledge, she would go back and do it again.

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