A block of the Financial District was closed for five hours after window panes fell 27 floors from a King Street West skyscraper Thursday morning, littering the ground below with shattered glass.

Pieces of glass from three large windows fell from the Royal Trust Tower at 77 King St. W., next to the TD Canada Trust building, after a piece of wood slammed into the 27th and 28th floors at about 8 a.m., police said.

The wood swung from construction on the north side of the First Canadian Place building across the street, said Toronto police Sgt. Nancy Van Veghel.

Van Veghel said shards of glass and debris fell from the skyscraper throughout the morning as construction workers replaced the broken windows. Pedestrians and traffic were still moving on the streets below until King Street was closed around 11 a.m. between York and Bay streets.
The street was reopened at 3:45 p.m.

Strong gusts of wind that caused the scaffolding to crash into the windows also made the area more hazardous, said Staff Sgt. John Boyce of 52 Division. He said the windows are about 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

“Glass was falling around us while we were here and shattered near our feet,” Van Veghel said, while at the scene. She said all she could hear was “just a loud, loud crash.

“It was only about 10 feet from us, and I don’t think it was a huge piece, but we realized we had to completely shut down immediately.”

Heath Applebaum, spokes­man for Cadillac Fairview, the tower’s owner, said the affected floors are occupied by PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, and said via email that “fortunately ... no employees were in their offices at the time of the accident.”

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