Falling Glass Shuts Down Part of Commerce Street

Danger from above at vacant downtown high-rise

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    Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com
    Part of Commerce Street was blocked off Wednesday after reports of glass falling from a vacant building.

    Part of Commerce Street in downtown Dallas was blocked off after a pane of glass fell 22 stories from the vacant Mercantile Commerce Building.

    Dallas Fire-Rescue said the glass that fell from the very top floor of the building at 1712 Commerce St. had duct tape attached to it. The glass flew several blocks in both directions.

    "Our officers found a lot of glass on the ground when they got out here," Dallas police Lt. Anthony Williams said.

    Police closed Commerce and Prather streets to pedestrians and closed Commerce Street to all but one lane of traffic.

    Here is a link to images of the high rise from the Dallas Central Appraisal District.

    The building owner, a company in New York, are contacting a contractor to repair the hole left by the missing glass.

    "It was just one of those things were you were like, 'Thank God no one was walking under the building," Williams said.

    Police said the building owner could face code violations.

    NBC DFW's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.