JIAOZUO, China, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Tourists on China's recently-opened glass walkway on a cliff face 3,540 feet above the ground ran for their lives when a visitor's mug cracked the glass.
The walkway on Yuntai Mountain in Henan Province, which opened to the public in September, is closed for repairs after a tourist dropped a stainless steel mug Monday and the cup's impact cracked one of three layers of glass on a section of walkway, Yuntai Mountain Scenic Spot officials confirmed.
Witnesses said on social networking site Weibo the damage was more severe than indicated by officials, who said one layer of glass was merely cracked. Witnesses said a plate of glass had instead shattered in a "floral" pattern, but remained intact.
The broken glass sent tourists screaming and running for their lives to get off the walkway, but officials said the tourists were never in any danger during the incident. They said the two remaining layers of glass would have been sufficient to support the weight of the visitors.