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UK skyscraper to get sunshade after its glare melted a car

The reflection of the sun was so strong that it set things on fire. Yes, really.

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A LONDON SKYSCRAPER that has a glare so strong it melted nearby cars and shops is getting a new “sun shade” to prevent the street below from the heat.

The offending tower – known as the Walkie-Talkie – will have a sunshade attached to its facade to stop the curved surface beaming concentrated rays on to the street.

The 37-story building made headlines in September when a Jaguar owner who parked his car nearby complained that the solar glare melted part of the vehicle.

Local shopkeepers also said the beams blistered paintwork and burnt a hole in a floor mat during the hottest parts of the day.

The sunshade will cover much of the Walkie-Talkie’s southern face, and will block the view of the city for the tower’s occupants “to a limited extent,” the developers said.

But they added that “the extra texture, detail and reduction in reflectivity will make the building a better neighbor.”

And no more melted cars! It’s a win-win situation.

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