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Tourists test the safety of 984-foot high Chinese glass bridge - with sledgehammers

WASHINGTON — Given that China seems to have overinvested in glass bridges over the past year or so, it’s pretty important that officials establish that the bridges are safe to walk on.

And so, a brilliant plan was devised: invite tourists onto a bridge and have them smash it with a sledgehammer.

On Saturday, roughly 30 visitors were brought onto the bridge at the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan province, given sledgehammers, and told to have at it, Xinhua reported. Supposedly both the longest and the highest glass bridge on the planet, the Zhangjiajie bridge is set to open in July, according to the South China Morning Post.

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Thankfully, none of the sledgehammer-ers managed to collapse the bridge, but many of them did leave cracks in the top layer of the glass.

Publicity events have been staged in order to assuage potential visitors after cracks were discovered in a different Chinese glass bridge last year, causing a small panic.

Washington Post