The title sounds like a good name for an alternative rock band or an electronica album, but I’m referring to a story Inside Edition first reported in 2010. I never get tired of sharing this story. Here it is as reported on air and on the Inside Edition website (http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/1285-las-vegas-hotel-becomes-death-ray), all rights reserved. This story is funnier if you imagine sound effects from a science-fiction B-movie.
Las Vegas Hotel Becomes "Death Ray"
12:00 PM EDT, September 30, 2010
It's a phenomenon known as the "Vegas death ray." A super-heated beam of highly-focused sunlight was reflecting off the windows of the Vdara hotel and burning sunbathers below.
William Pintas, a Chicago lawyer, told INSIDE EDITION his hair was actually singed by the so-called "death ray," and his plastic bag melted.
"If I had to guess, I would say the temperature had to be in excess of 160 to 170 degrees," said Pintas. "It was just so hot and I could begin to smell my hair burning, and I really couldn't understand why it was burning."
The Vdara is a Vegas hot spot. Authorities are blaming the energy efficient windows which are designed to reflect the sun's rays to keep the interior of the hotel cool. But the sleek curvature of the Vdara focuses the heat like a lens, sending the temperature by the pool soaring.
A Vdara employee warned an INSIDE EDITION producer not to stay in the death ray's hot spot, where you can see a plastic cup melting.
The employee said, "We've cleared the chairs from this area because it can get very intense right now."
The hotel's owners have provided more shade by putting out bigger umbrellas and more palm trees by the pool.
I thought, “So, wait, your hotel is shooting death rays at people, and your response is to put out beach umbrellas?” I haven’t researched to see if anything else has been done. For all I know the hotel is still shooting death rays at people.
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