London’s Tower Melts Cars, Fries Eggs.

Yes, the glare from a building can fry an egg on a sidewalk

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Crowds gather as a television crew tries to fry an egg in the glare from a new office building in the financial district on Sept. 4, 2013 in London.

A London journalist saved a bit on his gas bill when he successfully used the city’s newest public fryer—a skyscraper under construction at 20 Fenchurch Street—to cook his eggs. James Waterson, who first reported on the hot sun rays reflected off the tower, took to the street armed with eggs and a pan, nearly a week after a man said the reflected light from the “Walkie Talkie” tower had melted the exterior of his parked Jaguar.

“I was able to get a frying pan up to heat as quickly as you would on a hob and then fry an egg, which I ate for my lunch,” Waterson told NBC News.

The building’s developers say that the sun’s elevation in the sky over the next two to three weeks may cause the magnified reflected rays about 2 hours each day. They are investigating the phenomenon and have erected a temporary scaffolding to shield local businesses from the scorching rays.

(PHOTO: Glare From London Skyscraper Blamed for Melting Car)


I don't think the scaffolding is up yet...

WalterSullivan 1 Like

This type of reflected solar radiation can be expected with the new high performance glass being used.Windows in the residential market with low E glass have melted vinyl siding on neighbors homes 30-40 feet away .My company had to change the glass to a clear non low E type to correct the problem.