LONDON (CNN) - Never mind the traffic, car owners in London have a new hazard to worry about: A skyscraper whose reflected rays have the power to melt cars.
It may sound like science fiction, but it was no joke for Jaguar XJ owner Martin Lindsay, who parked his pricey ride near the under-construction building, officially called 20 Fenchurch Street, but known by many Londoners as the "Walkie Talkie" for its distinctive shape.
When he returned to the car, he found some panels warped beyond repair by the beam of light reflected down from the curved side of the landmark glass tower.
The developers of the 37-floor building, Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities, have said they'll pay for the high-spec vehicle to be fixed.
"Canary Wharf Construction and Land Securities have been very good and agreed to pay for the damage, and accept that there is an issue which they will resolve," Lindsay told CNN.
"I am in construction and sometimes things go wrong which nobody would have envisaged, and this is one of them."
The City A.M. newspaper said light reflected from the building had also previously damaged a van parked on the same street, Eastcheap.
Twenty Fenchurch Street, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, will feature about 33,000 square meters of glass, an area equivalent to more than 4.5 soccer pitches, once complete.
It's reportedly not the only building to have directed scorching light onto the ground below.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal said in 2010 that the glass-sided Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas was reflecting a ray of light so intense that it scorched the hair of a visitor using the hotel's pool, as well as melting a hole in a plastic bag he had by his sun lounger.
Hotel pool employees called the phenomenon the "Vdara death ray," the newspaper reported. A spokesman for the hotel's owner told the paper it was working on design solutions.