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Tough winter creates menace: ice from high-rises

Streets around the new 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, were closed on Wednesday after sheets of dagger-shaped ice started falling from the structure.
Streets around the new 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, were closed on Wednesday after sheets of dagger-shaped ice started falling from the structure.Bebeto Matthews /Associated Press

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NEW YORK — City dwellers facing one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers.

Streets around the new 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, were recently closed when sheets of ice were seen shearing from the face of the 1,776-foot structure — turning them into potentially deadly, 100-miles per hour projectiles.

And sidewalks around high-rises in cities big and small have been cordoned off with yellow caution tape because of falling icicles and rock-hard chunks of frozen snow, a situation that experts warn could get worse over the next few days as a thaw sets in over much of the country.

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