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CHICAGO (WGN-TV) – A family from California got the scare of a lifetime while visiting Chicago’s tallest tourist attraction.

Tourists flock to Chicago’s Willis Tower Skydeck to get a unique view of the Windy City.

The Skydeck is located on the tower’s 103rd floor.

Visitors who aren’t afraid of heights take the trek one step farther onto ‘The Ledge,’ a glass enclosure that juts out from the tower, giving guests an unobscured view of downtown.

Alejandro Garibay, his brother and two cousins stepped onto the glass and immediately realized something was wrong.

As they looked down, they felt the glass crack under their feet, which was the only thing between them and 1,353 feet to the concrete below.

Garibay told WGN, “So as we’re taking last-minute pictures, we’re sitting down on top of the deck. And maybe we were there for 30, 45 seconds, maybe a minute at most, and as we’re getting up to get out because they were soon to close, the deck just cracked beneath us.”

According to a spokesman with the Willis Tower, the glass didn’t crack.

Instead, the protective coating shattered.

They say it does not affect the structural integrity of the glass in any way.