FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Wind gusts thrust a portion of a crane into the 12th floor of the under-construction Three World Trade Center on Thursday night, officials said.
A piece of the crane's "lifting mechanism" hit a glass window as the crane was being secured because of high winds just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, fire department officials said.
There were no injuries or falling debris from the glass, which was cracked, FDNY officials said.
John Gallagher, spokesman for builder Tishman Construction, said the crane was pulling in its unloaded line and hook portions, when a gust of wind pushed a weighted ball attached to the crane's line into the window.
They were pulling in the crane's hook and line “in keeping with safety procedures when a storm is forecast," he said.
Gallagher said "nothing fell or is in danger of falling" at the unoccupied building, adding: "Safety inspectors and authorities are on site and looking into the incident. The panel will be replaced.”
The 80-story skyscraper topped out at 1,079 feet in June, but additional steel and glass work is continuing. The building, designed by architect Richard Rogers, will be home to media giant GroupM when it opens in 2018.
It's the fourth World Trade Center tower to be rebuilt, joining 7 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center and the soaring One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in America.