In a publicity stunt that’s now being called a ‘prank’ in China, tourists were made to believe that a glass bridge they were walking on with a 3, 871-foot drop was cracking beneath their feet. Um, hilarious? More like a bad idea taken way, way too far.
Designers of the bridge scaling the Taihang Mountain in Hebei, China added in glass that would appear to crack underneath weight, fooling tourists into thinking that the pieces of glass keeping them from falling to their deaths were breaking.
According to representatives of the East Taihang district, broken glass fragments were put between layers of sturdy glass so that any added weight would highlight the broken fragments, without compromising anyone’s safety. To make the prank even more terrifying, the middle layer of glass also made a cracking noise when stepped on.
Tourists can be seen panicking while walking on the shattering glass in the compilation video below. The first clip in the video, which features a tour guide screaming as the glass begins to crack, has even gone viral.
The East Taihang district administration sent out an official apology stating that they were “very sorry that people got frightened,” but don’t have any plans to replace the shattered glass. Instead, they hope more tourists will be drawn to the area to experience the shattering glass bridge for themselves.
But since a glass walkway in Henan, China cracked for real back in 2015, it’s possible that the cracking glass in Hebei is only being labelled as a prank to cover up actual damage to the bridge. Either way, we think we’ll be enjoying the Taihang Mountain from the ground.