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London skyscraper blamed for melting cars

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Along with accusations that skyscrapers are blocking views or are plain ugly, this week in London, a new complaint is being added to the list: they might melt cars.

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The still under-construction skyscraper in London's financial district going up at 20 Fenchurch Street, which Londoners have nicknamed "the walkie-talkie" for its shape, may actually be a giant parabolic reflector, concentrating sunlight at dangerous levels on certain spots during the right time of day, according to multiple reports, reports CBS News.

Businessman Martin Lindsay told the City A.M. newspaper he was distraught when he discovered his luxury Jaguar XJ with warped panels along one side, as well as a melted rear-view mirror and hood ornament. He says he left the car on the road for about an hour to attend a meeting, reports CBS News.

"They're going to have to think of something. I'm gutted. How can they let this continue?" he told City A.M. The developers have apologized and offered to pay for the estimated $1,500 in repairs, reports the BBC.

At least one other driver also came forward, saying the same thing happened to his van, adding that a bottle of energy drink left on the dashboard looked like it was "baked," reports CBS News.

In a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they were "aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter. As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected."

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