Glass panel falls at Denver courthouse, shattering on floor inside entrance

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DENVER --  A panel of glass came crashing down from the top floor of a courthouse in Denver and shattered on the floor right inside the main entrance.

"It came down and it just shattered," said Juanita, who showed up for jury duty at Denver's Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. "Everybody's court was delayed and all that because the glass shattered and they wanted to make sure everybody was safe."

A city spokesman said one of the large panels fell from the glass railing on Wednesday last week.

Fortunately, no one in the atrium was hurt. However, the main entrance is closed and people are being directed to side entrances and smaller, temporary security screening areas.

"The repairs necessitate temporary closure of the main entrance and security screening station," officials said Monday. "Temporary security screening is being facilitated on the south side of the building."

The Fox Street entrance and screening station remain open, officials said. However, the court website advises jurors to arrive 60 to 90 minutes early.

On Tuesday, inspectors were working to figure out what caused the panel to fall from the railing and whether it's safe.

As of Tuesday afternoon, it wasn't clear when the main entrance of the courthouse would reopen.

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