A London Skyscraper Is Melting Cars With A Solar-Powered Death Ray

The “Walkie-Talkie” skyscraper has been accused of partially melting a Jaguar that was parked in the wrong place. The buildings are fighting back. Updated: You can also fry an egg with it.

1. London newspaper City AM reports that the skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street - commonly known as “the Walkie-Talkie” - has damaged several vehicles parked close to it by melting them with the sun’s rays.

Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images
ID: 1584740

2. The problem is that one side of the Walkie-Talkie - which is still under construction - is effectively a giant curved mirror.

AFP / Getty Images
ID: 1584735

3. So when the sun is in the right position, the building focuses the light into one spot…

ID: 1584781

4. …creating a potentially car-melting beam of intense heat.

ID: 1584780

City AM reports that multiple vehicles were damaged by the sunbeam last week.

ID: 1584875

6. For example, the sunlight warped some of the panels on businessman Martin Lindsay’s (very expensive) Jaguar XJ beyond repair.

via City AM / Laura Lean / cityam.com

Okay, the damage is slightly less dramatic than the previous GIF might have suggested.

ID: 1584831

7. Pedestrians have been complaining about the spot of incredibly bright light for the past week.

via City AM / Laura Lean / cityam.com
ID: 1584854

8. Eddie Cannon, a driver whose vehicle was also hit by the melty sunbeam, said:

The van looks a total mess – every bit of plastic on the left hand side and everything on the dashboard has melted, including a bottle of Lucozade that looks like it has been baked.

ID: 1584818

The building’s developers say they are investigating - and, as a precaution, have banned parking in the affected spots.

ID: 1584877

10. But for now, Mr. Lindsay is left to look upset next to his slightly melted Jaguar.

via City AM / Laura Lean / cityam.com
ID: 1584895

11. Update: The Walkie-Talkie is now accused of setting a barber’s shop on fire.

ID: 1586982

12. Also you can fry an egg with the death ray, or set fire to journalists.

AMAZING SCENES: @jimwaterson fries an egg on the pavement, live on @SkyNews #WalkieScorchie

— Tara Mulholland (@tara_mulholland)

Tara Mulholland


AMAZING SCENES: @jimwaterson fries an egg on the pavement, live on @SkyNews #WalkieScorchie

/ Via
ID: 1586974

I just set my hair on fire.

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson)

Jim Waterson


I just set my hair on fire.

/ Via
ID: 1586975

14. Here’s a video of the egg-frying.

View this embed ›

ID: 1586967

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing