Glass from an apartment building has reportedly rained down on yet another Melbourne Street as debate rages over the issue of exploding glass.

Melbourne’s 3AW Drive program has reported that a pane glass fell 13 storeys from an apartment onto a footpath near the corner of A’Beckett Street and William Street in the CBD.

Caller Julie drove past the scene and said there was lots of glass.

“There’s a police presence, they’ve got it taped off,” Tracy said.

“There is quite a lot of broken glass on the floor. I don’t know whether something has fallen down but there is a lot of glass and there are probably about three or four police”

“It’s a lot of glass. They’ve got the blue and white tape taping it off and the police are just keeping everybody away.”

According to the report, the glass fell on top of a Suzuki, damaging the vehicle.

Firefighter Danny later called into the show and indicated that everything was safe and that no-one was injured.

The latest incident follows a string of incidents which have seen glass unexpectedly explode from Melbourne apartments.

On July 2, glass rained down and narrowly missed pedestrians in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton after a balcony exploded without warning – the second such collapse which had happened at the complex in a number of weeks.

All this reinforces ongoing concerns about ongoing concerns about the safety of glass, much of which is imported from China and some of which does not meet required safety standards.

There are particular concerns with glass that corners may be cut by Chinese manufacturers with respect to the heat soaking process – without which spontaneous explosions can occur if sudden thermal temperature changes cause the nickel sulphite to react.

There are also concerns that glass used in windows, doors or showers may not have been handled properly and may be damaged when being handled or installed.

This can lead to weak points which can lead to glass breaking or exploding.

The incident also comes amid the ongoing Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products, which had its last scheduled hearing on July 31.

An interim report is expected on 31 August into the illegal importation of products containing asbestos whilst the final report is scheduled for October 31.


  • I had ths same problem several years ago with two buildings in Sydney. I was described in each case by the residents in each unit where it happened, as "some one has shot a bullet at our window." andthey honestly believed that a shot had been fired.
    After much investiogation it wasbelieved to be a small forign partical in the glass.
    The Insurance company for the buildings stopped accepting claims on the grounds that they were no accidental breakages.
    We engaged solicitors and sued Pilkington who denied liability
    The legal action went on for months was expensive and glass company were fighting it aggressivly.
    Eventually the breakages stopped and the two strata schemes decided to cut their losses and withdrew the legal proceedings.