LONDON, England - A British property developer said Tuesday it was investigating after rays deflected by a skycraper melted the side of a businessman's luxury Jaguar car.
Londoners have been shielding their eyes from the blinding glare reflected from the glass facade of 20 Fenchurch Street - nicknamed the Walkie Talkie because of its flared shape - while several drivers have complained that the beam has melted parts of their vehicles.
Local businessman Martin Lindsay said he was distraught when he returned to his parked Jaguar XJ near the tower in London's financial district to find the car's panels had warped along one side, while the wing mirror and Jaguar emblem on the front of the car had melted.
"On the windscreen, there was a note from the construction company saying 'your car's buckled, could you give us a call?'" Lindsay told the BBC.
He "could not believe" the extent of the damage, he added.
Developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group have apologised and paid for the damage, while three car parking spaces near the tower have been taken out of use.
Eddie Cannon, a heating and air conditioning engineer, said the so-called "death ray" had melted parts of his van.
"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," he told the City A.M. newspaper.