Falling glass from hotel closes portion of downtown Toronto street

Falling glass from the Shangri-La Hotel has shut down a part of University Avenue.

At least the fourth time there's been falling glass at the hotel

Glass fell from a popular TIFF hotel

A part of University Avenue was shut down this morning due to falling glass from the Shangri-La Hotel.

The lane southbound between Adelaide and Richmond was closed briefly so crews could clean up the shattered glass. The road is now open. The incident is under investigation and no injuries have been reported yet.

The glass fell off a balcony of one of the upper floors of building. This is at least the fourth time there's been falling glass at the building.

Kerry Connelly, a spokesperson for the the Shangri-La Hotel, said in an email to CBC News that "upon inspection, the glass had broken from a residential unit which is not part of the Shangri-La hotel... The building inspector will review and communicate with the building developer."

The location, 188 University Avenue, is home to both the Shangri-La hotel and residences.

Last September, one person was injured by falling glass. A 53-year-old man was reportedly hit in the head  and was transported to hospital with minor injuries. In 2013, there were two other similar incidents of falling glass from the hotel.

Since then, both the city and the building's owners have investigated the problem but have not determined what's causing it.

Falling glass has also been a problem at the RBC Centre, the Trump Tower and the Festival Tower condominiums at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Shangri-La, is a hot spot of the Toronto International Film Festival, and has a popular noodle bar in its lobby. 


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