Amid strong winds, a crane slammed into 3 World Trade Center Thursday night, cracking a window on the 12th floor of the 80-story skyscraper.
The crane was pulling in its line to prepare for bad weather when it crashed into the window just before 8:30 p.m., the New York Daily News reported. No one was injured in the accident.
Although early reports said a wrecking ball slammed into the window, FDNY officials said it was a “hook block” or “headache ball” — a weighted ball with a hook that’s connected to the crane. Firefighters left the window in place, and it will be removed today.
“Although a glass panel was cracked, nothing fell or is in danger of falling. Further, there were no injuries and the incident was completely contained within the site perimeter,” a spokesman for Tishman Construction, John Gallagher, said. “Safety inspectors and authorities are on site and looking into the incident. The panel will be replaced.”
Developer Silverstein Properties celebrated the topping out of 3 WTC in June. The developer secured financing for the project in 2014 after selling $1.6 billion in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds. The building is expected to open in 2018. Media agency GroupM will occupy 685,000 square feet at the tower. [NYDN] — E.B. Solomont