New courthouse in Rockville creates a 'death ray' effect, burning people, plants

It might be December, but a developing problem in Rockville is scorching hot.


The new, $53 million, state-of-the-art district courthouse in Rockville is nearly complete and will be the largest one in Maryland

And residents are talking about the design of the new, 160,000-square-foot courthouse in Montgomery County.

But not because it's so unique or beautiful. They're talking because it's creating a "death ray" effect and burning people and plants nearby.

Pedestrians are painfully noticing that the sun is reflecting off a cluster of windows on the six-story building and nearly burning anyone on the other side of the street who stands in one place for too long.

A few days ago a member of the construction crew alerted the state to this issue.

A spokesperson for the Maryland Department of General Services admits that the concave shape of the building — with windows facing to the south — has created a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

In the attached video, ABC7's Jay Korff has more, including the reactions of pedestrians who have been cooked by the rays.

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