The Madeleine Brand Show

Hotel becomes "death ray" in the sun

Yeah, it is hot today in California. But at least not burning the hair off your head.

That's what happened to Bill Pintas, a guest at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas. Apparently a reflection from the elaborate building captures light and reflects back a glare on one spot near the out door pool. It's so intense it nearly fried Pintas while he was relaxing after a swim (from the Las Vegas Review-Journal):

"I was effectively being cooked," Pintas said. "I started running as fast as I could without looking like a lunatic."

Then he smelled an odor, and realized it was coming from his head, where a bit of hair had been scorched. It was about 12:20 p.m., as best Pintas can recall.

The heat ray apparently also melted a plastic bag near by. The hotel is looking for ways to dampen the hot spot effect. James Bond's enemies no doubt are looking for ways to recreate it.

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